3 Sep, 2006 PTI
NAGPUR: Criticising the electronic media for "damaging" the image of innocent persons through sting operations, RSS ideologue MG Vaidya has said there is a need to impose curbs on "irresponsible channels".
Vaidya, who cited the examples of "victims" of so-called sting operations like Union Minister of State Manikrao Gavit and BJP general secretary Sanjay Joshi, said the electronic media was not under the purview of the Press Council of India (PCI) and it is imperative to impose curbs on the channels.
“When Gavit himself called for a thorough probe and decided not to attend office, he "almost proved" his innocence. Later the CBI arrested two persons for posing as the minister during a conversation with a jailed criminal,” Vaidya said in his weekly column in the Marathi daily Tarun Bharat .
Gavit's supporters had announced they would file a defamation suit of Rs. 100 crore, Vaidya noted.
"Though money is not important here, it will teach a lesson to the private channel which aired the alleged conversation and other irresponsible channels which are indulging in such activities," he said.
Comparing Gavit's case with reports alleging Sanjay Joshi had featured in an obscene video CD, Vaidya said the Madhya Pradesh police only succeeded in claiming the CDs were fake but were still to ascertain who was "behind" them.
Though Joshi was reinstated in the BJP, Vaidya asked what had happened to TV channels that aired the reports on him. "No action has been initiated against them. Who provided the alleged fake CDs to them and the real masterminds behind the sting operations are still unknown," he lamented.