New Delhi: Senior Journalist and consulting editor of India Today, Rajdeep Sardesai, who made headlines for his tweet on farmer’s protests, will be back on the channel today, exchange4media reported quoting highly placed sources.
It may be recalled that the management at India Today Group had taken Sardesai off air for two weeks in addition to a month’s salary deduction for the tweet. Sardesai is yet to comment on the issue but sources in the channel confirmed these developments, said a report carried by The Wire. Sardesai had on January 26, said in a tweet, “One person, 45-year-old Navneet killed allegedly in police firing at ITO. Farmers tell me: the ‘sacrifice’ will not go in vain.”
Delhi Police, however, said that the farmer had died when his tractor overturned, and released a video in which a tractor can be seen going out of control and overturning. There is still some speculation whether this happened if the farmer in question was struck by a tear gas canister. Following this, Sardesai retracted his statement and tweeted: “While the farm protestors claim that the deceased Navneet Singh was shot at by Delhi police while on a tractor, this video clearly shows that the tractor overturned while trying to break the police barricades. The farm protestors’ allegations don’t stand. Post mortem awaited.”
In another tweet, he appreciated the police for showing “great restraint” at Red Fort and ITO. Additionally, in his live coverage on the channel, soon after his tweet was posted, Sardesai said, “What we do know is that while the farm protesters that we met insist that the person who died named Navneet Singh was shot at, but the police has provided us with a video that shows very clearly that the tractor overturned.”
Besides Sardesai cases were filed against MP Shashi Tharoor, journalists Mrinal Pande, Zafar Agha, Paresh Nath, Anant Nath, and Vinod K Jose. Most of them invoked the IPC sections of sedition, criminal intimidation, promoting enmity, the provocation to break the public peace, criminal conspiracy, outraging religious feelings, among others.