Lucknow, April 13, 2017: Uttar Pradesh police on Wednesday arrested Sudarshan news channel editor Suresh Chavhanke from Lucknow’s Amausi Airport on charges of communal hatred.
According to the report, Chavhanke was arrested before he could lead a protest rally against a particular community in communally-sensitive Sambhal district, where the district administration was attacked by locals on 29 March.
He has been booked under Sections 153 A(1), 295A and 505(1)B of the Indian Penal Code and also under section 16 of the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1955.
The police said that it was forced to take action against Chavhanke after prominent members of different communities complained against the communally-charged content in his show Bindaas Bol.
The report noted that Chavhanke is well known for his vocal support to the Hindutva movement, who has often termed other media houses as “jehadi media”.
Chavhanke was in news last November when a former employee of the news channel accused him along with Narain Sai, the son of godman Asaram Bapu of raping her.