According to sources, the Republican editorial team has been accused of conspiring to create a bad impression about the Mumbai police.
Apart from Section 3 (1) of the Police Act (1922), the NM Joshi Marg Police in Mumbai has lodged the complaint under several sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Special Branch 1 sub-inspector Shashikant Pawar mentioned the names of several members of the editorial team in the complaint.
Republic TV deputy editor Sagarika Mitra, anchor Shivani Gupta, another deputy editor Shawn Sen, executive editor Niranjan Narayanaswamy, and other editorial staff and newsroom in-charge are also named in the charge sheet.
According to the complaint, a report aired on Republic TV defamed the Mumbai police. The report also created dissatisfaction among the police force.
According to the FIR, Sub-Inspector Shashikant Pawar was watching a program on Republic TV on October 22 at 6 pm.
The show was called ‘Biggest Story Tonight’. On the occasion, anchor Shivani Gupta was asking a person, ‘Will you revolt against Parambir (Parambir Singh, the Commissioner of Police in Mumbai)? Because the officers involved in the investigation have given details.
The anchor is also heard to say, ‘Parambir Singh is tarnishing the name of the police force. He has abused power. Many officials are angry with him.
Power further alleged that on that day, anchor Shivani Gupta claimed that there was a revolt against Mumbai’s top police officer.
Republic TV has exclusive information about this. Referring to this, Shivani claimed (according to the FIR), ‘the mutiny is spreading among the Mumbai police.’
“It’s definitely a matter of their own institutional credibility,” Anchor said, referring to Deputy Editor Shawn Sen, who said he was looking into the matter.
Uni confirmed the news to Republic TV. Mentioning the name of the Commissioner of Police, Anchor was heard to say that Parambir Singh was tarnishing the image of the Mumbai Police.
Once convicted under Section 3 (1) of the Police Act, a person can be jailed for up to three years in Maharashtra. This is a non-bailable clause.