Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh police booked cases
against two more Telugu news channels including one owned by
Congress MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy over a report alleging
conspiracy by Ambani brothers in the death of former chief
minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash.
The city police booked cases against NTV and Sakshi TV
owned by the YSR`s son for airing news stories quoting a
website report that there could be a foul play by Ambani
brothers in the death of YSR in the crash in September last
year, police said.
The channels were booked on charges of promoting enmity
among different groups. Suo moto cases of inciting ill-feeling
among a section of people under Section 153 (A) and 505 (2) of
IPC and Section 16 Cable Network Regulation Act were
registered against Sakshi TV with Punjagutta police station
and against NTV with Banjara Hills police station.
The state police booked a case against TV-5 management on
similar charges and arrested two of its senior journalists --
Bramhananda Reddy and P Venkat Krishna last night.
The reports triggered widespread protests in the state as
agitators vandalised the properties of both Mukesh Ambani and
Anil Ambani groups.
"All the three cases have been transferred to CID and
there could be some more arrests as the investigation
progresses," a senior police official said today.
The two arrested journalists are being interrogated and
will be produced before a local court for remand, a senior CID
Sources in the department said the police are cautious
in proceeding for further arrests as there were widespread
protests by Journalist Associations all over the State after
the CID arrested the TV-5 editors.
Congress workers on Thursday night went on rampage and
resorted to wide-spread destruction of properties belonging to
Ambani brothers including damaging buses in various parts of
the state, following the news report.