NDTV Founders Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy Stopped From Flying Abroad; Detained At Mumbai Airport
News television network NDTV's founders Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika, who are facing a corruption case, were detained at the city airport on Friday evening and prevented from flying abroad.
"Today's action is, along with events like raids on media owners, a warning to the media to fall in line- or else," the company said, hinting of intimidation. This is "a complete subversion of basic rights," the company said.
The statement also identified the two founders as "journalists" but did not specify the reasons for travel. It was not immediately clear as to which law enforcement agency has detained them.
The Mumbai airport spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
The action comes months after Naresh Goyal, the promoter of the bankrupt carrier Jet Airways, was also stopped from flying abroad from the city airport after the ED registered a case of money laundering against him. The development also comes over two years after the Roys were searched by the CBI in a alleged bank fraud.
The news network, which has been credited with pioneering television news in the country, had then called the action as a "witch hunt". "We will not succumb to these attempts to blatantly
undermine democracy and free speech," the news company had said in a statement then.
The Editors Guild had also expressed its concern in the matter.
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