‘The Wire’ Editors’ Houses Raided by Delhi Police

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NEW DELHI – The Delhi Police on Monday conducted searches at the houses of the news website ‘The Wire’ editors M.K. Venu, Jahnavi Sen and founder Siddharth Varadarajan, after an FIR was filed in connection with its story related to BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya.

Police have reportedly seized electronic devices. Sources privy to the investigation said that soon they will serve summons to all the accused asking them to join the investigation.

Police raids aome after an FIR was registered on Saturday against “The Wire” and its senior editors based on a complaint filed by Malviya, alleging that the portal forged documents with a view to malign and tarnish his reputation.

The complaint has been filed against ‘The Wire’ founder Varadarajan, founding editor Sidharth Bhatia, editor Venu, deputy editor and executive news producer Jahnavi Sen, Foundation for Independent Journalism and other unknown persons.

“I am filing the complaint for the offences of cheating, forgery for the purpose of cheating, forgery for the purpose of harming reputation, using forged document or electronic record as genuine, and defamation, among other provisions of IPC (‘The Wire’, Siddharth Varadarajan, Sidharth Bhatia, MK Venu and Jahnavi Sen shall be collectively termed as ‘Accused’),” Malviya stated in his complaint.

Last week on Thursday, Malviya had said that he will file a case against ‘The Wire’ for tarnish his image and reputation.

“After consultation with my lawyers and seeking their advice, I have decided to file criminal and civil proceedings against ‘The Wire’. Not only will I be setting the criminal process in motion, but I will also sue them in a civil court seeking damages as they forged documents with a view to malign and tarnish my reputation,” Malviya had said in a statement.

‘The Wire’ had, in a series of reports, alleged that Malviya had certain privileges to take down posts from Meta-owned Instagram, a claim later denied by Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook.

“The posts in question were surfaced for review by automated systems, not humans. And the underlying documentation appears to be fabricated,” Meta’s director for policy communications, Andy Stone, had said in a tweet. -IANS

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