Times Group Complaint Arnab Goswami
In a Sudden Development Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), aka Times Group had sued Republic TV Founder Arnab Goswami,and another Journalist Prema Sridevi for infringing its copyright.
A Story on Economic Times had quoted sources saying that BCCL has filed a complaint with the Azad Maidan Police Station in Mumbai under sections 378, with sections 379, 403, 405, with sections 406, 409, 411, 414 and 418 of the Indian Penal Code, besides Section 66-B, 72 and 72-A of the IT Act, 2000. The complaint alleges commission of offences of theft, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and infringement of IPR of BCCL by using the same on Republic TV on multiple occasions on May 6 and May 8, 2017.
It was well known that Arnab Goswami launched his own news channel Republic TV on May 6. On the first day of its launch, the new channel carried what it termed as an ‘expose’ on Lalu Prasad in which audio tapes containing phone conversations between the former chief minister of Bihar and Shahabuddin, allegedly while the latter was in prison, were played out. Shahabuddin, a former MP, is currently behind bars.
Another story was aired on Republic TV on May 8, in which audio tapes of phone conversations between Sridevi (former news reporter of Times Now) and the late Sunanda Pushkar (wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor) and their house help Narayan was broadcast.
BCCL claims its findings are based on an internal inquiry, and also both journalists’ own admissions on Republic TV. “Arnab Goswami and Ms Prema Sridevi have on Republic TV admitted and claimed that the audio conversation in the Sunanda Pushkar case aired on 8th May 2017 was in their possession for the last two years when they were in their previous organisation i.e. with Times Now,” said the statement.
“Mr Goswami and Ms Sridevi have wilfully, deliberately and with knowledge converted for their benefit and used the aforesaid intellectual property of “Times Now” and thereby dishonestly misappropriated the said intellectual property,” it said.
Arnab Goswami responding on the Allegations by BCCL had said that
Interesting to see them get so nervous.I think they instinctively know they had lost their audience.It’s amusing to see them go paranoid. Golaith is down to his knees,crying.They Can’t handle the fact,that despite all their money,they have lost the news battle to a group of new age journalists.
A message from Arnab. pic.twitter.com/hIRpBGPrZG
— Republic (@republic) May 17, 2017