‘I am not scared of Modi govt’: Kolkata TV owner after warning of license being cancelled

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On September 27, the data and broadcasting ministry dispatched a display reason to be aware of Bengali information channel Kolkata TV, asking it to reply in seven days as to why its teleport license has now no longer been cancelled.“Due to the denial of clean safety clearance, the permission to uplink and downlink the TV channel Kolkata TV, teleport at Kolkata and DSNG trucks can't be renewed,” the notice stated. Security clearance has been denied through the ministry of domestic affairs.A week before, on September 22,
 

The Enforcement Directorate had summoned Kolkata TV’s important owner, Kaustuv Ray, in reference to a mortgage default case. Roy wandered for seven hours instantly in the ED’s Kolkata workplace. At Kolkata TV’s workplace in Poddar Court in Kolkata, Kaustuv Roy spoke to this reporter about the brand new traits concerning his channel. “In the closing meeting election, our channel took a stand which changed into anti-BJP,”

He stated. “But that doesn’t imply we've now no longer given insurance to the BJP. We have blanketed all rallies with the aid of top minister Narendra Modi, domestic minister Amit Shah, and different leaders who got here right here for campaigning. But our editorial stand is anti-BJP, and we're clean about that.”However, Ray’s proximity to senior ministers of the TMC is well-known. During the meeting election, he gave speeches on behalf of the celebration at their rallies. Soon after the West Bengal meeting election, he additionally met with Mukul Roy, who turned into the BJP’s countrywide vice-president at the time.

“He desired to go back to the TMC. So, I made him communicate with Mamata Banerjee,” Roy stated. The leader requested me to convey him to the birthday celebration workplace for joining. I observed him the day he lowered back to the TMC.” He continued, “I don't have anything to hide. I am Kaustuv Ray. As an individual, I even have a political identity. If you're concentrating on me, I don’t have a problem. I will combat it out, I won’t cow down. But why are you concentrated on my channel, which employs 322 humans? Why drag them?” Ray stated the ED is known as him for wondering in reference to a three-yr-antique financial institution default case, which he’s presently repaying.“I am paying my dues,”

He stated. “The financial institution has no proceedings in opposition to me. Then why is the ED digging up a vintage case? In all likelihood, if the entirety is going well, I might be capable of cleaning my whole exceptional debt in this situation with the aid of using the primary region of 2024. I am neither Lalit Modi nor Nirav Modi that I will flee. My passport lapsed in 2020; I didn’t even renew it. Since 2015, I actually have now no longer gone out of doors in India.” The ED additionally requested him in which he became “getting the cash to pay off debts” and why he had long passed to Purulia, Jhargram and North Bengal for “election campaigning”.Ray emphasized that his politics are “separate” from his channel’s politics.

“I am now no longer with the TMC. I am near many leaders from TMC,” he stated. “Same way, I actually have right family members with many leaders in CPIM, Congress or even BJP. Yes, for the duration of the Bengal election, I travelled to diverse districts and gave speeches towards the BJP. I spoke from TMC's stage, I even spoke with inside the conferences organised by means of numerous civil society groups.”Following the ED summons, Ray filed a petition on the CBI courtroom docket pointing out that he was being pressured with the aid of using the principal agency.

On October 4, the courtroom docket directed the investigating officer withinside the case to “now no longer take any coercive action” towards Ray till his petition turned into heard. But this wasn’t Ray’s first brush with the law. In 2015, a joint group of the Delhi police and Kolkata police arrested him in reference to the financial institution fraud case. This case turned into settled after the entirety of payment.The CBI additionally registered a case in opposition to him that was in connection to defaulting on loans, and charge sheeted him in 2017.In 2018,

He became arrested through the CBI on court cases of “financial fraud” lodged through numerous banks; that is the case wherein the ED had summoned him as well. Ray claimed that of the 2 loans he defaulted on, one has been “absolutely repaid” and the opposite has been repaid to a “tremendous portion”.Politics with the BJP and TMCWhile keeping its “anti-BJP” line, hasn’t Kolkata TV been sympathetic in its insurance of the TMC during the last few years?“I don’t accept it as true with you,” stated Ray. “Our channel does goal reporting primarily based totally on facts.

Do you realize after the 2016 West Bengal meeting election, Mamata Banerjee’s authorities stopped our distribution for 2 years? Even now, will you assert that Kolkata TV is sympathetic towards the TMC?”However, whilst the information broke approximately the records and broadcasting ministry’s display reason observe to Kolkata TV, one of the first humans to reply on Twitter turned into TMC MP Derek O’Brien.

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