By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
October 19, 2020 1:33:23 am
BJD MP Chandrani Murmu.Against the backdrop of BJP vice-president Baijayant Jay Panda alleging an assault on freedom of expression after Odisha police questioned a reporter of OTV, a channel owned by his household, BJD MP Chandrani Murmu has justified the police motion.
The journalist, Ramesh Rath, was questioned and his cell phone seized in reference to a case associated to the alleged circulation of a morphed video of Murmu when she was contesting the overall election.
In a video message, the tribal MP from Keonjhar stated, “I am an unmarried tribal lady and the youngest MP in India who has been mentally harassed and tortured by OTV reporters and others who viraled a morphed, obscene video of mine, with the malicious intent to defame, harass and mentally torture me.”
Accusing Panda of interfering within the police investigation, Murmu stated, “After this tragic incident, the police during investigation arrested a junior reporter of OTV along with others. The OTV junior reporter named Ramesh Rath as the perpetrator of the crime. But when the police questioned the perpetrator of the crime OTV reporter Ramesh Rath yesterday (October 15), OTV and their owners Jagi Panda and Jay Panda are trying to save him by claiming that this is an attack on OTV and its journalists by the government.”
Panda had earlier alleged that the police motion was prompted by a information report in opposition to the federal government. In a sequence of tweets he had said, “Serious allegations by activists (with RTI accessed aviation documents) that Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik faked an August 31 helicopter aerial survey of flooded districts…. Reporter who broke news…arrested…”
In an official assertion, Odisha police have denied the allegations and stated their probe is reputable. “Police arrested three persons including OTV reporter Simanchal Patra… Simanchal Patra has stated that it was under instructions of his then boss Mr Ramesh Rath that he forwarded the obscene video.”
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