Kerala TV CEO, 4 Others Remanded In Judicial Custody For Sting On Kerala Minister

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Kerala TV CEO, 4 Others Remanded In Judicial Custody For Sting On Kerala Minister

AK Saseendran resigned as Kerala Transport Minister after obscene phone call.


Thiruvananthapuram:  The Chief Executive Officer and four media persons of a private TV channel that aired a purported sleaze audio clip which led to the resignation of Kerala minister A K Saseendran, were
remanded to judicial custody by a court in Thiruvananthapuram tonight.

CEO of Mangalam TV channel R Ajit Kumar, Chief of Investigation team K Jayachandran, coordinating editor M B Santhosh, and news editors Firoz Sali Muhammed and S V Pradeep were produced before the Judge at his residence, who remanded them in judicial custody for 14 days.

They were arrested late last night after nearly 13 hours of questioning.

According to sources, police would move a petition in the court tomorrow, seeking custody of Ajit Kumar and Jayachandran.

Meanwhile, a woman journalist, with whom Mr Saseendran is alleged to have conversed in the audio clip, filed a sexual harassment complaint against him before the Chief Judicial Magistrate.

She also alleged that he misbehaved with her.

Police had last week registered an FIR against the nine persons, including the CEO, on a complaint by the youth wing of Nationalist Congress Party, for airing "obscene conversation".

The channel on March 26 had aired the sleaze audio clip which led to the resignation of Saseendran, NCP representative in the LDF cabinet within hours.

The channel had later tendered an apology admitting that they had conducted a "sting operation" involving one of their women journalists and not a housewife, as claimed earlier.

Meanwhile, Kerala Union of Working Journalist or KUWJ condemned the "police activism" of framing charges against "innocent journalists".

KUWJ General Secretary C Narayanan said police summoned even a woman news reader, who had no role in the whole episode.

KUWJ also said the union had no differences of opinion in taking action against those who were really behind the incident.


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