Post the news channel’s latest ‘expose’ on Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious death, Times Now has filed a criminal case against Goswami and journalist Prema Sridevi for copyright infringement as per an Economic Times report.
Sources state that Times Now has alleged that the audio tapes played during the Sunanda Pushkar story and the earlier Lalu Prasad controversy on Republic TV were ‘procured and accessed’ by Goswami and Sridevi while they were employed by Times Now.
The complaint alleges copyright infringement, violation of trust and theft of property as per the report.
Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL) has set up an internal inquiry into the matter, establishing the fact that the audio tapes were indeed procured by Goswami and Sridevi while they were still working with Times Now. The complaint also states that while airing the story on 8 May on Republic TV, Goswami and Sridevi had admitted that the audio tapes had been in their possession for the past two years.
BCCL has alleged that both Goswami and Sridevi used the tapes ‘wilfully and deliberately’ for their gain which amounts to criminal expropriation of property.
An FIR against Goswami and Sridevi has been filed under Sections 378, 379, 403, 405, 406, 409, 411, 414 and 418 under the Indian Penal Code and under Sections 66-B, 72 and 72-A of the IT Act, 2000 as per the report.
Arnab Goswami, who recently started his own media venture Republic TV, was serving as Editor-In-Chief of the English news channel Times Now.