The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday carried out raids at the residences of Prannoy Roy, Co-founder and Executive Co-Chairperson of New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV). Reportedly, the agency has registered a case against Roy, his wife Radhika and RRPR Holdings for allegedly causing losses of Rs 48 crore to ICICI Bank. The searches were carried out at four places in the national capital and Dehradun.

In a strongly worded statement, NDTV decried the CBI raids and termed the accusations as false. They also pledged to fight against the blatant attempts to 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.

Many people from the media fraternity such as Rajdeep Sardesai from India Today, N Ram who was the former Editor-In-Chief of The Hindu Newspaper, Praveen Swami from Indian Express, Sidharth Vardarajan who’s the founding-editor of The Wire, came out in support of NDTV after the raids at Prannoy Roy’s residences. Many even suggested that the raids on NDTV founder are reminiscent of the dark period of emergency that was imposed by Indira Gandhi.

Questions were also raised as to how did the Roys become the first choice of CBI to conduct raids when multiple companies have NPAs worth thousands of crores as opposed to the alleged 48 crores by NDTV Founders.

Senior NDTV Employees also took to Twitter to condemn the raids and alleged that this was an attempt to silence independent voices in media. Vikram Chandra, former CEO of NDTV, also raised the question about billions worth of NPAs in public sector banks and also claimed that ICICI never complained and had in fact gotten back their money in full.

NDTV India’s news anchor Ravish Kumar in an obliquely worded statement on his Facebook page even dared PM Modi to come and face the camera.

तो आप डराइये, धमकाइये, आयकर विभाग से लेकर सबको लगा दीजिये। ये लीजिये हम डर से थर थर काँप रहे हैं। सोशल मीडिया और चंपुओं को लगाकर बदनामी चालू कर दीजिये लेकिन इसी वक्त में जब सब ‘गोदी मीडिया’ बने हुए हैं , एक ऐसा भी है जो गोद में नहीं खेल रहा है। आपकी यही कामयाबी होगी कि लोग गीत गाया करेंगे- गोदी में खेलती हैं इंडिया की हज़ारों मीडिया। एन डी टी वी इतनी आसानी से नहीं बना है, ये वो भी जानते हैं। मिटाने की इतनी ही खुशी हैं तो हुजूर किसी दिन कुर्सी पर आमने सामने हो जाइयेगा। हम होंगे, आप होंगे और कैमरा लाइव होगा ।

Translation: Scare us, threaten us, put all institutions including Income Tax department at work. Look we are already trembling with fear. Get your trolls on Social Media to start a defamation campaign against us. However, at a time when many media houses are playing in your lap (Godi Media), there’s one such media house that refuses to do so. Your success is that people will sing songs of how thousands of Indian media houses played in your lap. NDTV isn’t an overnight phenomenon, even they know that. If you are so eager to finish us, then Sir, some day, let’s sit across each other. We’ll be there, you’ll be there and so will be a Live Camera.

In the three years since Mr Narendra Modi has become the Prime Minister, he hasn’t addressed a single press conference in India. His only public interaction with media in India has been during various ‘melas’ such as Diwali Milan. During these events, hordes of media personnel take numerous selfies with the Prime Minister, have a meal, and go back home without asking a single question.

Other than the sefie-mode interaction with media at large, Narendra Modi also appeared on Times Now in an interview with Arnab Goswami. Many jokes were made about that interview regarding Arnab Goswami’s docile behaviour while interviewing PM Modi as opposed to his usual loud self.

The only time PM Modi faced a real press conference in the last three years was when he addressed the joint press conference with the then UK PM David Cameron in November 2015. While the representatives of Indian media continued to be subservient, British Press gave PM Modi a tough time with David Cameron having to step in after a particularly awkward question.

Given PM Modi’s reluctance to face the press, his preferred journalists being those who believe in questioning the opposition instead of the Government, it would be an incredible surprise if PM Modi does take Ravish Kumar’s bait to sit across him in a chair and answer questions with a live camera rolling.

Update:

NDTV has now posted a private communication between ICICI Bank and RRPR Holding Private Limited dated August 7, 2009, according to which ICICI bank confirmed that the loan had been repaid in full.

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36 Comments on "Lets sit across each other with a Live Camera, Ravish’s message to PM after raids on Prannoy Roy’s residence"

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Archana
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Its your media failure that couldn’t bring him to press conference. You never put mike to him nor seek direct answers when all brutality happening in this country. Now when your box is closing you hue cry babie. Just few statements against govr n modu you are facing this today. What if you carry investigation stories that can book modi. You will be definetly lynched. You are not questionable they are not answerable. Inbetween we common people suffering.

Harman
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Particular media houses might be criticized for their past editorial policies that might have been unfair to Modi. Yet what cannot be gainsaid is that the media remains in and of itself a vital pillar of democracy even today. Previous differences of opinion cannot be a reasonable ground for anyone holding a position as eminent as that of the Prime Minister to refuse to engage with the entire press fraternity.

Suresh
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Let it go to court if you people are clear ,You need not worry .You people will understand when media makes fun of general public

National
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Going court is OK. But bullying was intention. For rs.48 get harrased but for 72000 crore no one even stops Adani from future loans. A corrupt head.

True Indian
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Idiot.. its not Rs 48… it is Rs 48,00,00,000

In a country where average person gets less than 100 Rs a day idiots like you are blinded by media that 48 crore is nothing.

mrityunjay
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then you should also put the other figure in same format.. 72,000,00,00,000. and if u r are really into numbers, you might know that its 15,00 times what he allegedly ows.

Sanjay Malviya
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Very good Ravish ….. I am an ordinary n proud India citizen. I request you to kindly sit with me live n discuss India … as she is transforming today….. I am waiting for your response dear.

National
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U r antinational and blind. R u not seeing that India is being transferred into a rogue goonda state.? U will realise when your daughter, wife & sister would be affected by these goonda party then your goondaism would be too light before them

SANJAY MALVIYA
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Sorry I dont need Certificate for love of Nation from byest presstitutes like u…. India is on correct path for the first time in 70 years… may be that is what troubling antinationals like you. As far as 48 cr case is concerned, let law decide…. why media people should get special concesssion….

All Lies
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Correct path for 70 years. Really. Tell me one example sir. Just one example. You speak as if nothing happened and every positive thing that India has today is dony by BJP. Really. Just one example sir.

Kk
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Ravish Kumar says , fuck you.

SANJAY MALVIYA
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HAHA …. SACHAI HAZAM NAHI HOTI TO BOLTE KYO HO….. MAD…RC…OD

Dr sudhir Chandra
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You media people introspect in yourself, how you build up empires, we highlighted ascam of millions in UP Awas VIkas Parishad, and asked for help from all media including yours but except India news no electronic media came forward , this is yours real story , disgusting are you real public media , have courage to highlight our public cause not be choosy n partisan ,we are ready for a open discussion on it

Krish Jan
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So barkha datta coochie cooing with nira radia was the epitome of your journalistic ethic. Ravish Kumar’s brother running a brothel and absconding from police and not whimper from ravish Kumar is freedom of expression. The list is too very long including fera, fema etc.,

Ankit Parikh
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Well said Krish. The guys at NDTV still can’t believe that their beloved Congress is not in power any more.

Sam
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Bloody Abdhe Bhakts….Adani kya tumhare uncle hain jo itna bura lag gaya!!!

Manoj
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Barkha datta is not ravish Kumar they are two different people why you blame some one for another persons mistake and same for his brother also.

udaylumar
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As usual abuse and invective from a Modi Bhakt. Do they not have brains to argue intelligently?

Patriotic Indian
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Blind paid bhakt with filthy brain spotted

National
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Blood boiling. Pranav is the name adored by all since decades for his neutral journalism. Modi & BJP had so many dark shades that they are scared of even neutral journalism. Wants boot licker like Sudhir Chauhan, Anand Kashyap, Arnab Gourami, Rajat Sharia, etc. Cowards will never give interview without their own questions in advance

yasmin kukreja
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Pranoy and his band at ndtv constitute sold media. They are against all that is good for our country.

Ashok Gulati
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Mr Ravish, first face the public when you speak for Wani or students of JNU who raise anti-national slogans. You people in NDTV always give prominence to Anti-national people on pretext of Anti government discussion. First be Tall enough, then challenge PM. If someone names Adani, then it’s clear you declare him a bigger thief than Roy. Being in journalism doesn’t give you immunity to go scot free. Please’Tatti ki sad mein shikar khelna ‘ band karo. Prove you are nationalist, by action not by words. Jai Hind

All Lies
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What is that Anti-National slogan. You should go see a doctor to remove all the cow dung in your brain. Then you can see the truth. Don’t see the doctored videos. You should see the real video. Following Dumb Shetty on facebook will make you more fat with cow dung. know the truth.

Navdeep
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Andhe bhakt..He is tall enough..lol

vasanth
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One must also know that independent media should not be confused with intentional maligning

Arun Bhardwaj
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Is it political? If yes than it is bad..again if it political than why??? Didn’t NDTV worked n grew working for one party in past? How come it got tangled into this political tussle? The problem is not NDTV issue it is a shameful state of all media houses…they want to grow (monetary) and they take help of corporations which have their vested interest in political parties and poor journalists who cry or shout on TV (faces of channels) became puppets of these corporate bosses in-house as well as in shadows n follow n spread similar ideologies which these money… Read more »
Siddhesh patil
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Lmao…are the employees of Altnews using fake bots to downvote or upvote comments?

I can clearly see upvotes on pro-ndtv comments and downvotes on other side. This is clearly not the voice of real Indians.

Clearly most of the active Indian netizens don’t support these presstitutes & anti-nationals LIKE NDTV. Why Altnews require fake bots to counter this?

Altnews is also promoted by Pranay Roy on Twitter. Seems fishy.

All Lies
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Oo. So the comments on PostCard.news are by real Indians right.

Prajesh Banerjee
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Let us sit across with the complete clan of presstitutes on one side, fix the date soon

Raaz Web City
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Dear Ravi Sir

Modi Ji have no time for the Live

Instead He have the time for barking in public. And visiting New places by fooling his every Indian.
And complaining about Congress what they did for 60 years..

vaidya kesava iyer
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First time I see all the black sheep assembling under one roof

Arnab Anand
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yar itna modi ko gali detey ho… sab dete hai…. sab jantey v hai.. tab v freedom of speech nahi hai ?

Gujrat ke waqt humesha sirf Riot sirf Riot dikha dikha paka diye they tab kisan majdur villagers nahi dikha tha Mr Ravish jeeeeeee……

ashish paliwa
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mr arnab anand: Riots aapke liye ‘entertainment’ rahe honge jinhe aap dekh dekh kar ‘pak gaye’…mazdoor kisaan ki aapko kyun fikr hone lagi bhai? thoda sochiye kee riots ho kya sakte hain, aur kyun hote hain, aur kyun huye thhay…

Aman
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To what extent will these crooks ( ruling party) go down?? Throwing shit to the sky !!!!

BRIJ KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA
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i challenge Ravish kumar to call me for discussion on his conduct on NDTV.

BRIJ KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA
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I challenge Ravish kumar to discuss with me on camera about your softness/covert support shown towards terror mongers in the country.

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