Times Now sues Arnab Goswami, charges Republic TV with 'copyright theft'

Last Updated: Wed, May 17, 2017 15:38 hrs
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Mumbai: Republic TV journalist Arnab Goswami has been sued by his former employer Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd for infringing its copyright, The Economic Times reported on Wednesday. The complaint filed with the Azad Maidan Police Station in Mumbai also accused journalist Prema Sridevi of the same crime. Sridevi also works at Republic now.

The report said that the complaint against Goswami and Sridevi have been filed with Mumbai's Azad Maidan police station.

A complaint has been registered in connection with a Lalu Prasad-Shahabuddin audio tape and alleged conversations between Prema Sridevi (former news reporter of Times Now) and the late Sunanda Pushkar and their househelp Narayan — which were played on Republic TV on May 6 and May 8, 2017 respectively.

BCCL has alleged that Goswami and Sridevi have deliberately and with knowledge used the aforesaid intellectual property of Times Now. It also said that both the journalists have admitted and claimed on-air that the audio conversation in the Sunanda Pushkar case were in their possession for the last two years.

The complaint alleges commission of offences of theft, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and infringement of IPR of BCCL by using the same on Republic TV on multiple occasions on May 6 and May 8, 2017, said the report.

The complaint also said that the material broadcast by Republic TV were procured and accessed while both Goswami and Sridevi were working of Times Now and it was established by an internal inquiry by BCCL.