On Tuesday, July 5, the Noida Police arrested Zee News anchor Rohit Ranjan in Ghaziabad after the channel aired reportedly false clips against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Chhattisgarh Police had sent a team earlier in the day to arrest Ranjan at his Noida residence.
At Noida Sector-20 Police Station, a case had been filed against Ranjan.
Rohit Ranjan, a journalist for Zee News, tweeted on Tuesday that Chhattisgarh police had arrived at his home in Uttar Pradesh to pick him up without first notifying the local police, as is required by law for transit remand.
The Raipur police said that there was “no such rule to inform,” but the local police had already been notified. Rohit Ranjan was subsequently instructed by Raipur Police to “cooperate,” join the investigation, and present his defense in court.
FIRs were filed against Ranjan by Congress for airing a video clip of senior Congressman and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi earlier this month in the misleading context. Rahul Gandhi referred to the SFI “activists” who vandalized the Congress office in Wayanad, Kerala, as “children” who “make mistakes” in his remarks. The media outlet connected his comments to the brutal murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
The claim was initially made by Zee News presenter RohitRanjan, who said that Rahul Gandhi labeled the accused in the Udaipur case “children” and added that he’s not really angry about their actions.