Anchor gets threats after godman episode

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A prominent journalist has registered a complaint with Delhi Police that he was receiving threatening calls and text messages from unknown people for the past few days after his channel telecast a programme in which the claims of a self-proclaimed godman were questioned.

Rajat Sharma, editor-in-chief of India TV, in his complaint two days ago, said he was receiving threatening calls and messages. A case was registered under sections of Information Technology Act at Greater Kailash police station.

“According to the complaint filed by an official of the channel, the channel had telecast a programme on June 22 questioning the claims of a godman and allegations were raised against him that he fooled people by holding religious programmes,” said senior police officer.

The godman had also participated in the programme to answer allegations against him.

“Immediately after the programme was telecast, Sharma started getting abusive and threatening calls and messages from various phone numbers calling themselves to be the devotees of the godman,” the complaint said.

Apart from abusive messages, he received threatening calls to face dire consequences for telecasting the programme. He allegedly got calls and text messages from at least 35 mobile numbers, according to the complaint.

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