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Arnab Goswami faces theft charges

Mumbai: A criminal case has been filed by Times Now against its former employee and the founder of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami, on Tuesday. According to reports, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL) lodged a complaint against Arnab Goswami and journalist Prema Sridevi for infringing its copyright.

As reported by Economic Times, the complaint was filed with the Azad Maidan Police Station in Mumbai under sections 378, with sections 379, 403, 405, with sections 406, 409, 411, 414 and 418 of the Indian Penal Code, besides Section 66-B, 72 and 72-A of the IT Act, 2000.

It must be recalled that Goswami, who was earlier serving as editor-in-chief of Times Networks’ flagship English news channel Times Now has launched his own news channel Republic TV on May 6.

The complaint stated that the audio tapes containing phone conversations between the former chief minister of Bihar and Shahabuddin which was aired on the first day of news channel’s launch and another audio tape of phone conversations between Sridevi (former news reporter of Times Now) and the late Sunanda Pushkar (wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor) aired on Republic TV on May 8, were procured and accessed while both Goswami and Sridevi were in the employment of Times Now.