Two senior journalists, Brahmananda Reddy, senior executive editor and P. Venkatakrishna, input editor of the Telugu television channel TV5 were arrested on Friday night by Crime Investigation Department (CID) after overnight attacks on Reliance groups’ outlets in Andhra Pradesh.
All the three Telugu channels, TV5, TV9 and Sakshi TV, were booked on charges of promoting enmity among different groups and indulging in acts prejudicial to harmony. These channels broadcasted speculative report alleging a high-level conspiracy involving the Reliance groups in the death of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash on September 2, 2009.
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited issued a strongly-worded denial expressing shock at the ‘libelous’ report. Reliance ADA Group of Anil Ambani also denounced the ‘disinformation campaign’ that led to substantial damage to its offices and businesses.
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