- Transport Minister resigned after alleged phone sex
- News channel admitted it misrepresented the "sting"
- 8 reporters surrender, the woman on tape not among them
The Malayalam news channel recorded the phone call and broadcast only the minister's voice, editing out what the woman said to him.
The channel's CEO, Ajith Kumar, who has also been arrested, apologized on air five days later for misrepresenting the facts. Mangalam TV, which is less than two weeks old, originally claimed that the woman who the minister spoke to was a housewife who was being harassed to provide sexual favours.
While resigning, Mr Saseendran said that the phone conversation was doctored, but that he did not wish to cause the government more embarrassment and was therefore stepping down.