Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday raided the premises of NDTV co-founder and Executive Co-Chairperson Prannoy Roy in Delhi and Dehradun.
The CBI confirmed that the raids were in connection with the alleged loss caused to ICIC Bank to the tune of Rs 48 Crore.
The investigating agency has registered a case against Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy and others in the matter.
NDTV's reply of CBI raids on Prannoy Roy's residences
#CBI stepped up concerted harassment of NDTV and its promoters based on same old endless false accusations
#NDTV and its promoters will fight tirelessly against this witch-hunt by multiple agencies
#We will not succumb to these attempts to blatantly undermine democracy and free speech in India
#Message to those trying to destroy institutions of India and everything it stands for, we'll fight for our country and overcome these forces
In reaction to NDTV's statement, Union Information and Broadcast Minister Venkiah Naidu refused the channel's claim and said that government does not beleive in intereferring, "Law is taking its own course, there is no witch-hunting at all," Naidu said.
"This govt don't believe in interfering. They (CBI) must have some information, that's why they might have taken steps," the minister added.
Dehradun: Caretakers at NDTV co-founder Prannoy Roy's house say 6-7 people from CBI came in the morning and searched the house. pic.twitter.com/RYK0Bkwpx4— ANI (@ANI_news) June 5, 2017
Fear of law is necessary and it should be applied no matter who you are: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on CBI raids at Prannoy Roy's locations pic.twitter.com/gdN4FUq32O— ANI (@ANI_news) June 5, 2017
CBI confirms raids going on at Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chairperson of NDTV, Prannoy Roy's residence in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/rgioj3624m— ANI (@ANI_news) June 5, 2017