CBI carries out searches at residence of Prannoy Roy, NDTV declares statement on CBI raids
The CBI on Monday raided NDTV founder Pronnoy Roy's residence here and registered a case against him and his wife for causing alleged loss to a private bank.
The Central Bureau of Investigation registered the case against Roy, his wife Radhika Roy, a private company and others and conducted searches at Roy's Greater Kailash-I residence in south Delhi.
"Searches are being conducted today (Monday) at four places including Delhi and Dehradun," CBI spokesperson R.K. Gaur told IANS.
The case is linked to an alleged bank loan default.
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.
Text messages to Prannoy Roy remained unanswered.
However, NDTV, in a statement, declared the raids "concerted harassment" based on "old endless false accusations".
The news channel, in the statement, (on CBI searches) said further that, "NDTV and its promoters will fight tirelessly against this witch-hunt by multiple agencies. We will not succumb to attempts to blatantly undermine democracy and free speech in India".
"We have one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: we will fight for our country and overcome these forces."
'Disturbing trend', Mamata says of CBI raid on Prannoy Roy
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday condemned the raid on national news channel NDTV founder Prannoy Roy's residence, terming it a "disturbing trend".
"Shocked at the raids on Dr @PrannoyRoyNDTV's house. He is highly respected and reputed. Disturbing trend," she tweeted.
The CBI on Monday raided Roy's residence in Delhi over an alleged bank loan default case, which the national news channel said was part of the probe agency's "concerted harassment" to muzzle free speech.
The CBI registered the case against Roy, his wife Radhika, a private company and others. The probe agency conducted searches at Roy's Greater Kailash-I residence in south Delhi for causing alleged loss to a bank.
NDTV raid aimed at silencing anti-establishment voices: Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday condemned a CBI raid at NDTV founder Prannoy Roy's residence here over an alleged bank loan default and said it was an attempt to "silence anti-establishment voices".
"We strongly condemn raids on (Prannoy) Roy and NDTV group. It's an attempt to silence independent and anti-establishment voices," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said in a tweet.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against Roy, his wife Radhika Roy, a private company and others and conducted searches at Roy's Greater Kailash-I residence in south Delhi.
The news network in a statement said the raid was part of the probe agency's "concerted harassment" to muzzle free speech.