The Times Group has filed a criminal case against Republic TVs Arnab Goswami and Prema Sridevi, alleging that they stole Lalu, Sunanda Pushkar tapes. The various charges filed by Times Now include theft, criminal breach of trust, and misappropriation of property and infringement. Both Arnab and Prema who have been accused are former employees of Times Group, wherein they worked at the company’s TV channel Times Now. The criminal case has been filed at the Azad Maidan Police Station in Mumbai. In the complaint, it has been alleged that some of the content that Republic TV had aired was actually procured and accessed by Arnab and Prema when they were still working with Times Now.
An excerpt from a press statement issued by Times Group reads, “On the first day of its launch Republic TV carried an expose on Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav in which audio tapes containing phone conversations between the ex-chief minister of Bihar and Shahabuddin allegedly while he was still in prison were played out. Another expose was done on Republic TV by Mr. Goswami on 8th May, 2017 in which audio tapes of phone conversations between Prema Sridevi (ex News Reporter of Times Now) and the Late Sunanda Pushkar (wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor) and their house help Mr. Narayan was broadcast. Both these exposes displayed material (in the form of audio tapes of phone conversations) that was procured and accessed while Mr. Goswami and Ms. Prema were in the employment of Times Now.”