A government official, who is said to have filed a lawsuit against three journalists in Madhya Pradesh over a news report, leading to their arrest, says he was coerced to do so.
Rajiv Kaurav, Health Officer of Daboh, said: “How can I file a complaint myself when I don’t know any of the journalists named in the complaint? a video is being circulated by Parliament. Opposition.
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The arrest of journalists, in Lahar town, Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh for showing how a family had to transport an elderly man to the hospital in a handcart after failing to get an ambulance, caused caused a huge outcry.
Journalists carried out a protest march in Lahar yesterday and forwarded an appeal to the RA Prajapati District Magistrates’ Court to Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, requesting the withdrawal of the lawsuits against the three journalists. .
The official was part of a fact-finding committee set up by the highest ranking school district official following Rajiv Kaurav’s complaint.
Based on the panel report, a tampering case was registered against three journalists – Kunjbihari Kaurav, Anil Sharma and NK Bhatele – on August 18.
The fact-finding committee has reported that the story of the journalists involved, reported on social media, print and electronic media, is untrue and baseless because the family did not call an ambulance. The elderly man was taken to a private hospital rather than a government hospital, unlike what was reported.
However, Gyaprasad Vishwakarma’s son Hari Singh and daughter Pushpa confirmed what the journalists had reported as true, as they took their ailing father to the hospital in a handcart, after Phone calls to get an ambulance failed.
Dr Govind Singh, Leader of the Opposition, also came out in support of the three journalists and accused the local authorities, especially Lahar’s SDM, of pressuring the family to make false statements to the journalists. report and then file a complaint with the police. against them.
“The local government in Bhind is plundering the people and when the media exposes the truth, the authorities are making false cases against the journalists. I ask the minister to order the retraction. untrue cases. [against the journalists] and file directly against corrupt officials. I will raise the issue in Vidhan Sabha next month,” he said.