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Opposition seeks JPC probe into Arnab Goswami’s WhatsApp chats

NEW DELHI: Opposition events have sought solutions from the federal government over the reported WhatsApp chats between Republic TV editor in chief Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasgupta, the previous CEO of the Broadcast Audience Research Council, alleging that these confirmed a “serious breach of national security”.

They demanded an investigation, together with by a Joint Parliamentary Committee, into the contents of the chats, the transcripts of that are a part of the Mumbai Police’s supplementary cost sheet within the TV score level (TRP) manipulation case.

“The charge sheet and WhatsApp (conversation) are damning,” AICC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala stated at a press briefing on Sunday. “There are far, far bigger issues of financial fraud and breach of national security, and of people committing acts inimical to the security of the country” concerned in it, he stated.

Surjewala stated high management of the Congress was inspecting the 1,000-plus pages of the cost sheet, and would maintain a press convention inside a day or two to offer a complete response on the difficulty. Congress leaders are additionally in contact with these in different like-minded opposition events.

In an obvious reference to Goswami reportedly speaking about an imminent “Bigger than a normal strike” three days earlier than the IAF strike at Balakot in his WhatsApp chat, senior Congress chief P Chidambaram tweeted a query to defence minister Rajnath Singh. “Did a journalist (and his friend) know about the retaliatory strike on Balakot camp three days before the actual strike? If yes, what is the guarantee that their ‘source’ did not share the information with others as well, including spies or in formers working for Pakistan? How did a ‘For Your Eyes Only’ decision find its way to the government-supporting journalist?”

Congress MP Manish Tewari, a former I&B minister, additionally took to Twitter to hunt a JPC probe. Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra stated the transcripts of the chats confirmed the federal government had given prior details about each the Balakot strike and abolishing of Article 370 to a TV anchor.

Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Manoj Kumar Jha tweeted: “Undermined and compromised!! True nature of ‘Deep State’…”

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