New Delhi: NDTV and its promoter company filed a Writ in the Delhi High Court on Thursday challenging the CBI raids and the FIR issued by CBI. NDTV is pleased that the court has directed the CBI to submit a Status Report to the High Court by September 21. An official communication has been published on the same.
The CBI on June 5 carried out searches at the residence of NDTV founder Prannoy Roy and in Dehradun for allegedly causing loss to a private bank.
The agency has registered a case against Roy, his wife Radhika and RRPR Holdings for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 48 crore to ICICI Bank, CBI sources said.
Later, the NDTV had vowed to fight tirelessly against the ‘witch-hunt by multiple agencies’.
“The CBI stepped up the concerted harassment of NDTV and its promoters based on the same old endless false accusations. NDTV and its promoters will fight tirelessly against this witch-hunt by multiple agencies. We will not succumb to these attempts to blatantly undermine democracy and free speech in India,” the NDTV said in a statement.
The CBI on June 6 clarified its decision on carrying out raids against NDTV bosses saying the agency respects freedom of press and the action was taken as per the due process of law. The agency said it has not conducted any search on the registered office of NDTV, media studio, news room or premises connected with media operations.
The statement comes in the wake of various media organisations, including the much-powerful Editors Guild of India, expressing deep concern over the raids conducted by the CBI on the offices of NDTV and its promoters.
On June 9, former union minister Arun Shourie on Friday urged journalists to boycott ministers in the battle for media freedom following the CBI searches at the houses of NDTV network’s founder Prannoy Roy.