The co-founders of NDTV, Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy have been stopped from leaving India.
In response to the move, NDTV branded the action “complete subversion of media freedom”.
A statement from NDTV said, “In a complete subversion of basic rights and in shameful continuance of the campaign to warn the media that nothing less than complete obeisance is acceptable, NDTV founders Radhika and Prannoy Roy were today prevented from leaving the country. They were scheduled to spend a week abroad and their return was booked for the 15th. They have been stopped on the basis of a fake and wholly unsubstantiated corruption case filed by the CBI about an ICICI loan that was taken by their company, RRPR, which was fully repaid with interest ahead of schedule.”
The decision “has been challenged by the NDTV founders and their company in the Delhi High Court where the matter has been pending for two years”.
The Roys’ residence was raided back in 2017 over allegations that they had defaulted on repayment of a bank loan worth in the excess of Rs. 500 crore. NDTV has denied the charges.