Arnab Goswami In Soup: BCCL Sues Republic TV Founder For Theft And Copyright Violation

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Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL) has sued the Republic TV Founder and journalist Arnab Goswami for theft and copyright violation over stories they carried on their recently launched channel.

The complaint filed with the Azad Maidan Police Station in Mumbai also accuses journalist Prema Sridevi of the same crime. Sridevi also works at Republic now.

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According to The Economic Times report, The case is related to the audio tapes of telephonic conversations played by Republic TV, which was launched on May 6. While one audio tape allegedly featured a conversation between former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and jailed former MP Shahabuddin.

On May 8, another tape that was broadcast on Republic TV was between Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Shashi Tharoor and Prema Sridevi, who was then working with Times Now.   Republic TV also aired taped conversations between Sridevi and Sunanda Pushkar’s assistant to indicate that Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had a role to play in the death of his wife (Pushkar).

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The BCCL in its complaint said that Goswami had admitted that the tapes were in his possession for the past two years. They have accused both journalists of deliberately using the company’s intellectual property to their benefit. BCCL has clearly stated that those audio tapes were “procured and accessed” by former Editor-In-Chief of Times Now Goswami and Sridevi while they were employed with Times Now.

Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL) is the parent company which owns Times Now and various other media outlets.

This is the second complaint lodged by BCCL against Arnab Goswami. Earlier, the BCCL in April 2017 had sent a legal notice over the issue of using the phrase- “Nation Wants to Know".