Beseiged with CBI raids at his home in Delhi and Dehradun, NDTV founder Prannoy Roy on Friday castigated the case as “ridiculous and a concocted set of facts” and asserted that he and his wife “never touched black money and never bribed even a single person.”
Speaking at the Press Club of India on Friday, Prannoy Roy vowed to fight the charges openly. He sought a time-bound inquiry instead of resorting to harassment by the enforcing agencies as there is no case but a “flimsy, ridiculous, concocted set of facts.”
“They are trying to tell us – ‘We can suppress you even if you have done nothing wrong’. They are telling us ‘We will fix you even if you are innocent’. Remember that signal… Be clear it’s a signal for the entire free press of India,” he said. “Their basic idea is crawl or we will come and get you,” he added.
He also alleged that the enforcing agencies are being manipulating and want to eviscerate these institutions. “They want to disembowel them,” he said.
Earlier this wee, the CBI raided the houses of Roy for allegedly causing financial losses to ICICI Bank to the tune of Rs.48 crore. The agency registered a case against Roy, his wife, and a private company.
and conducted searches at his south Delhi residence in Greater Kailash-I and his house in Dehradun for “loss of Rs 48 crore” to the bank. He described the raid was “a blatant political attack on the freedom of the press”.