Prasar Bharati indicated that it might initiate a probe into the controversial editing of Narendra Modi’s interview even as the BJP leader took a pot shot at the government saying he was saddened to see Doordarshan struggle to maintain its professional freedom.
Modi’s dig saw information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari respond by expressing concern over the state of press freedom in Gujarat while reiterating that the ministry has an “arm’s length” relationship with Prasar Bharati.
Meanwhile PB CEO Jawhar Sircar, after having suggested that Tewari failed to allow greater professional freedom to the national broadcaster, said that a decision on a formal inquiry will be taken on Monday.
“We will check papers on Monday and decide on a formal inquiry in to the Modi interview,” Sircar said when asked if the public broadcaster was planning to initiate an inquiry.
If ordered, the inquiry would come in the wake of satyamevjayates.com reports that 20 minutes of a 56 minute Modi interview including references to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Ahmed Patel were lopped off to avoid a political controversy.