Rajdeep Sardesai been taken off air is no rumour.
Recently, the senior journalist and news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai been taken off air for two weeks and a month’s salary was deducted by the India Today group for his tweet that claimed a farmer was shot dead in police firing during the tractor rally on January 26.
Rajdeep Sardesai been taken off: The tweet that led to this
The tweet is now deleted. The tweet of Sardesai had said: “One person, 45-year-old Navneet, killed allegedly in police firing at ITO. Farmers tell me: the ‘sacrifice’ will not go in vain.”
Besides the tweet, Sardesai, while speaking to another India Today reporter from the ground, said on his show the deceased, Navneet Singh, would become a symbol for the agitating farmers and they would not leave till they got “justice for Navneet”.
He took down his tweet on the same day and subsequently tweeted a video, saying: “While the farm protestors’ claim that the deceased Navneet Singh was shot at by Delhi Police while on a tractor, this video clearly shows that the tractor overturned while trying to break the police barricades. The farm protestors’ allegations don’t stand. Post mortem waited.”
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police reportedly released a video showing Singh speeding and running over barricades with his tractor, resulting in the vehicle overturning.
A post-mortem report revealed that the protester died due to a “traumatic injury above the left side of his skull from where his brain started oozing out”.
Rajdeep Sardesai been taken off: What he and the media house have to say
Sardesai, who is also the consulting editor of India Today did not comment anything regarding this matter.
While when India today group was questioned, an email from their corporate communication desk said: “Disciplinary action for breach of our code of conduct is a confidential matter and we would like to refrain from commenting on this.”
The farmers have been protesting against the new farm laws for a long time and January 26, on the occasion of Republic Day was their day to go for the tractor parade.
The situation of the R-Day escalated when police responded using tear gas and batons on the protestors.
When the riot by the protesting farmers was at its peak in Delhi, Sardesai had reported that one farmer was shot dead by Delhi Police. The tweet had no proof and was claimed to be completely false. The death of the person, as per the post-mortem report, happened when the tractor overturned which led to his head injury.
When his misinformation was noted down by the twitterati, he repeated the lie and said the farmer was shot on the head while he (the farmer) was driving the tractor. This shot in his head led to his death.
The viral video displays the truth of the farmer’s death. The video displays the police trying to rescue him but the protesting farmers prevents them from rescuing.
Other controversies involving Sardesai
Last year, Sardesai had issued an apology to an IPS officer for spreading fake news in relation to the Sohrabuddin encounter case in 2007. The IPS officer filed a case against him and he had to write the apology.