POLITICAL NEWS OCT 13,2020
The FIR filed by the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan against Aaj Tak journalist Sharat Kumar and former deputy CM Sachin Pilot’s media advisor Lokendra Singh, accusing them of spreading fake news about the alleged phone tapping of MLAs during the political crisis in the state, Singh has moved the Rajasthan high court to seeking quashing of the FIR.
S.S. Hora has claimed that the FIR has political overtones. He said that we have prayed for quashing of the FIR and there is no offence.
The FIR was lodged at the Jaipur’s Vidhayak Puri police station on October 1, under sections 505 (1) and (2) (statement conducing to public mischief), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 76 of the Information Technology Act.
The FIR claims that it creates enmity between classes. “The same news (was broadcast by channels), saying that the source (of news) is central agencies…and channels are not required to disclose their sources,” he added.
Hora further claimed that two channels – News18 National and News 18 Rajasthan – had already telecast the news much before Aaj Tak telecast it, but still the FIR reads that Singh leaked the news to Aaj Tak.
Hor said that News18 National and News 18 Rajasthan telecast the at 8 am and 10 am but Aaj Tak telecast it at around 3:30 pm. “Now they say Rajasthan Aaj Tak telecast it on an input received from him (Lokendra Singh),” said Hora.
Aaj Tak’s journalist Sharat Kumar has not approached the high court.
By Umabharathi. M