Congress moves Broadcasting Authority against Zee News over Rahul Gandhi video | Latest News India

The Congress on Wednesday filed a complaint with the News Broadcasting and Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA) against the anchor of Zee News and Doordarshan channel, alleging false and malicious portrayal of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi as a sympathizer. Assassins of Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor of Udaipur.

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera, who has written to the NBDSA president, said that no news agency, channel or newspaper other than Zee News has committed the mistake of distorting the clip.

“The offending news broadcast by Zee News falsely and maliciously attempts to suggest that Kanhaiya Lal sympathized with the killers of former INC (Indian National Congress) President Shri Rahul Gandhi by calling him a ‘child’,” Khera said in the letter. A senior Congress leader clarified that the comments made by Rahul Gandhi referred to the vandalism of the party office in Wayanad and were “in no way related to the gruesome killing of Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur”.

“It was only after several complaints from INC and the public, pointing out the vagueness and untruthfulness of the broadcast, that the offending newscast was removed,” the letter said.

The letter mentioned that the news channel had violated the provisions of the Cable Television Network Regulation Act, 1995, Cable Television Network Rules, 1994 and Code of Conduct and Broadcasting Standards. The Congress has requested the NBDSA to take swift action against the news channel and anchor.

Zee News had earlier apologized for the mistake and several FIRs were registered in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh against its anchor Rohit Ranjan. The video was shared on social media platforms by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Rajyavardhan Rathore, Subrat Pathak and others, for which an FIR has also been registered against them.

The Noida police arrested Ranjan in the same case on Tuesday but alleged that the Chhattisgarh police thwarted their efforts to arrest him.

On Wednesday, the Chhattisgarh Police said Rohit Ranjan was absconding after a team sent to his residence in Ghaziabad was not seen for the second time in two days.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Raipur), Udayan Behar said that the Uttar Pradesh Police took Ranjan in for questioning late on Tuesday night and detained him before releasing him on bail. “Assuming that Ranjan would return home after his release, we reached his residence at 8 am on Wednesday. He was not there and his house was locked,” Behar said. He said he would visit the Zee News office in Noida as part of his investigation.

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