Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 5(IANS)
In continuance to the SFI activists barging into the Asianet news , Kochi bureau on Friday evening , the Kerala police is conducting a raid at the states most popular news channel.
The raid is being carried out on the basis of a complaint filed by left independent MLA , P.V. Anvar .
The CPI-M has been targeting the Asianet news ever since the Pinarayi Vijayan government came to power for a second consecutive time. The most popular news channel of the state with high reputation among the public has been relentlessly exposing the failures of the government of the day.
The channel has exposed the nexus between the state government and Swapna Suresh , the women who was arrested following her link in the infamous gold smuggling racket while working with the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.
Chairman of Asianet news , Rajesh Kalra while speaking to IANS said ,”Kerala police is currently raiding Asianet news office in Kozhikode in a fabricated case. This follows the SFIs disruptive activity at our Kochi office the other day.”
He said that attempting to browbeat the Asianet would fail and that the news group would take legal action against this.
Rajesh Kalra also said that there were earlier attempts to silence the media in Kerala and that those in power was trying to repeat that but it won’t succeed in such tactics against the media.
It may be noted that Asianet is the first private news channel of Kerala and enjoys a high reputation in providing impartial news to the people of the state m. It has exposed several corrupt practices in the state and has brought several human interest stories of the tribes and marginalised to the mainstream.