The Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd filed a criminal case against its former employee and founder of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami along with reporter Prema Sridevi accusing them of infringing its copyright.
BCCL accused them for stealing audio and video material while they were its employees.
The was registered over the tapes used by Republic TV in connection with RJD chief and death Mystery of Sunanda Pushkar.
The complaint has been registered at the Azad Maidan Police Station in Mumbai.
“Goswami and Sridevi have wilfully, deliberately and with knowledge converted for their benefit and used the aforesaid intellectual property of ‘TimesNow’ and thereby dishonestly misappropriated the said intellectual property, thereby committing the offence of criminal misappropriation punishable under the section 403 of the Indian Penal Code, and several other provisions of the laws,” the BCCL complaint asserted.
Reacting over this, Goswami virtually laughed off over the charges saying “it’s interesting to see them get so nervous”.
“I think they instinctively know they (TimesNow) have lost their audience (to Republic TV),” Goswami told news agency IANS.