The Mumbai police on Friday registered a recent FIR in opposition to Republic Tv channel and booked its government editor, anchor, two reporters and different editorial workers members for allegedly inciting “disaffection” among the many police personnel in opposition to commissioner Param Bir Singh and maligning the town police’s picture.
That is the fourth prison case registered in opposition to Republic TV channel and its staff by the town police.
The most recent FIR is registered by the Particular Department-1 (SB1), the intelligence wing of the town police, on the NM Joshi Marg police station. The complainant Shashikant Pawar is a sub-inspector posted on the Social Media Lab (SML).
The SML is entrusted with duties of monitoring content material on social media platforms and tv channels and figuring out posts, pretend information, rumours and different content material that has potential to create unrest within the metropolis or can result in any communal rigidity or legislation and order scenario within the metropolis or state.
As per the FIR, on October 22 the police officers at SML noticed that the Republic TV (English) channel telecast a present underneath the section Largest Story Tonight, with a caption line: ‘Revolt Towards Param Bir Singh? Senior officer a part of the probe offers particulars’.
The information merchandise telecast on the channel alleged that Param Bir Singh is tarnishing the picture of Mumbai police and his orders will not be acceptable to the junior officers within the division, states the grievance.
The information present was anchored by Shivani Gupta and reporter Sagrika Mitra based mostly on the information story gathered by Republic TV Reporter Shawan Sen.
“By broadcasting such content material, the channel and its journalists deliberately tried to incite disaffection among the many police personnel in opposition to the police commissioner and the act additionally maligns Mumbai Police’s picture,” the complainant acknowledged within the FIR.
The police have booked Republic TV anchor Shivani Gupta, reporter Sagrika Mitra, reporter Shawan Sen and government editor of the present Niranjan Narayan Swami and different editorial workers.
All of them have been charged with part 3 (1) of The Police (Incitement to Disaffection) Act, 1922 and 500 (defamation) and 34 (frequent intention) of Indian Penal Code.
Arnab Goswami is already dealing with two FIRs on the Pydhonie police station and NM Joshi Marg police station for inciting communal rigidity and spreading hatred between two communities.
The town police have additionally initiated chapter proceedings in opposition to Goswami and have issued him a present trigger discover round two weeks in the past. The channel can also be dealing with an investigation within the Tv Ranking Level (TRP) rip-off.
Republic Tv channel officers didn’t reply to queries.