NEW DELHI, April 18 - The Centre on Thursday denied having ordered any inquiry against four senior journalists in Assam.
An MHA spokesperson today denied having ordered any inquiry on four journalists based in Assam. A letter came to a public grievance portal of the Central government ‘CPGRAMS’ sometime ago.
As a normal procedure, the letter was routinely forwarded to the Assam government without making any comments, the spokesperson said, adding the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has not asked for any inquiry on the basis of the letter.
As reported by this newspaper, the MHA had on April 16 forwarded a complaint by Legal Rights Observatory (LRO), a body associated with the RSS, to the Assam government, asking the State Home Secretary and DGP to investigate the matter.
The LRO had lodged the complaint on February 14 calling for investigation into the role of four Assam-based media outlets which, the rights body alleged, were spreading militant ideologies and actively assisting fresh recruitment of youth from the State in banned militant groups by running loud media propaganda.
In its complaint, the rights body sought investigation into the role of four Assam-based media organisations and their owners, their financial transactions, sources of income, and possible flow of funds from foreign intelligence agencies and banned militant groups.
The LRO alleged that the media organisations directly broadcasting videos and propaganda material of newly inducted militants in battle fatigue helped propagate militant ideology giving a fresh boost to the ULFA and other militant outfits.