NDTV founders Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy are under the scanner of the CBI for allegedly causing a loss of Rs48 crore to ICICI bank. This is not the first time that Prannoy Roy, the Managing Director of the channel, has come under the scanner of the elite investigation bureau.
In 1998, the CBI had filed an FIR against Roy and some others for allegedly causing a loss of approximately Rs.5 crore to Doordarshan.
The recent action of the CBI has come under scrutiny by a section of those supporting NDTV. They call it an affront to freedom of speech and accuse the Modi government of vindictiveness. The rationale NDTV’s supporters are giving is that the channel has been airing news and views critical of the government.
There is another section, including pro-Government and apolitical voices, who are justifying the CBI action on the grounds that no media house is above the law and that ‘freedom of speech’ cannot become the defense in a fraud case.