Noida Police detains Zee News anchor Rohit Ranjan over doctored video of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
The complaint was filed against the two former producers on July 3 by B R Venkataraman, a Zee Media Corporation representative while Zee News had apologised for airing a misleading video of Rahul Gandhi, linking his comments on the SFI attack at his office in Kerala’s Wayanad, the Udaipur killing of a tailor over remarks on the Prophet
The Noida Police detained Zee News anchor Rohit Ranjan who was recently taken away for questioning before Chattisgarh Police could arrest him in connection with the doctored video of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
The Chattisgarh Police team that was camping in Noida to arrest Ranjan also got into a debacle with UP Police over the procedures and alleged road blocks in the arrest.
The Noida Police detained Zee News anchor Rohit Ranjan in connection with a case filed against two of his colleagues, officials said. Ranjan is being questioned by the police.
The Chhattisgarh Police arrived at the residence of Ranjan at Indirapuram in Ghaziabad with a warrant for the news anchor’s arrest. A few minutes before that, the Noida Police had also arrived at Indirapuram to arrest Ranjan.
The Noida police subsequently took Ranjan for questioning regarding the complaint against his colleagues.
As per the case details, the complaint was filed by one B R Venkatraman on behalf of Zee Media Corporation on Sunday at the Sector 20 police station against a former senior producer and a trainee producer.
The complaint read, “On 01.07.2022, they (accused) received a video feed from Asian News International (ANI) containing the press-statement of Congress leader Mr Rahul Gandhi where Mr Gandhi condemned the recent attack on his constituency office in Wayanad, Kerala by SFI workers. However, due to oversight and inadvertence, the aforesaid statement of Mr Rahul Gandhi was presented out of context in our show… which led to widespread protest against the company from various leaders and workers of the Congress party,” reads the complaint.
“In the given circumstances, the company has reasonable belief and suspicion that the aforesaid negligence and dereliction of duties may have been committed by (the producers) knowingly and intentionally in connivance with each other,” the complaint further read.
The complaint was filed against the two former producers on July 3 by B R Venkataraman, a Zee Media Corporation representative. Zee News had apologised for airing a misleading video of Rahul Gandhi, linking his comments on the SFI attack at his office in Kerala’s Wayanad, the Udaipur killing of a tailor over remarks on the Prophet.
The Chhattisgarh Police FIR was registered under various sections of the IPC, including 153A (promoting enmity between groups), 295A (outraging religious feelings), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and 467 (forgery).
Ranjan had anchored the show when the clip was aired on July 1.
While the original FIR does not name him, the Noida police later booked Ranjan under section 505 (2) (statement conducive to public mischief and enmity) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He was arrested and granted bail later in the day.