Venkaiah Naidu defends CBI raids on Prannoy Roy

Venkaiah Naidu defends CBI raids on Prannoy Roy


Venkaiah Naidu defends CBI raids on Prannoy Roy


New Delhi: The Government today sought to justify the CBI raids at the residence of of popular TV anchor and NDTV owner Prannoy Roy and said in no way the NDA Government was trying to muzzle the freedom of press. 'If someone does something wrong, simply because he belongs to a media house you cannot expect the Government to keep quiet,' the Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah naidu told reporters here today. The Minister's remarks came close on the heels of CBI registering a case against NDTV Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy followed by searches at Delhi and Dehradun residences of the popular face in the Indian television. 'The Law and the Law Enforcement agencies are doing their duty and there is no political interference at all, let me make it very clear,' he said. He said the Indian media enjoys absolute freedom and most often the opposition parties get preference over the Government and the Fourth Estate has been also writing about issues like 'who will be India's next Prime Minister'. The remarks from Mr Naidu also counters Congress leader Digvijaya Singh's tweet earlier in the day wherein he had charged the Modi Government with suppressing the Freedom of Press. In a series of tweets Mr Singh said, 'There was only one channel which could be trusted and the Government is trying to shut its mouth .' The CBI actions against Roy and his wife came in connection with case of alleged'loan default' by them

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