Pune, Apr 17: ABP Majha journalist Rahul Kulkarni, who was arrested on charges of rumour-mongering after a huge crowd of migrant workers gathered at Bandra station in Mumbai, has been granted bail.
The bail was granted on Thursday evening by a court as the government lawyer did not oppose it. ABP News Network backed the reporter and his story from the very beginning and this decision vindicates the stance of our network and the reportage of Rahul Kulkarni, said Avinash Pandey, CEO, ABP News Network, in a statement.
'I am thankful to every journalist who stood by us in support of ‘responsible journalism’. Today, journalists are risking their lives by going out of home and reporting the truth, which is incredible. ABP Majha’s reporter Rahul Gurugranth Kulkarni, who was falsely accused and arrested for rumour-mongering and spreading fake news through the channel, has been granted bail by the court,' the statement read.
'Once again, we at ABP Majha continue to stand our ground and will confront any malicious attempt to damage our reputation with all our sincerity and grit. To insinuate that reports are based on fake news was outrageous. Nonetheless, we have full faith in the judiciary system of India and we will do everything in our capacity to fight this menace of fake news and misinformation,' Mr Pandey said.
Earlier today, ABP News Network had issued a clarification and said, “There are several reports purporting to draw a connection between the gathering at Mumbai’s Bandra West station and a news story run on ABP Majha. The reports are entirely misconceived and are being circulated with the sole intention of baselessly maligning ABP Majha. Our news story was broadcast in the public interest and on the basis of valid documents and information.
'After the Prime Minister’s announcement at 1000 hrs of the continuation of the lockdown and announcements thereafter from the Ministry of Railways with regard to cancellation of trains and refunds till May 3, 2020, we ran multiple stories, starting from shortly after the Railway Ministry’s announcement starting from 1230 to 1330 hrs, on our channel clearly announcing that no trains will be running. There is no conceivable way in which the crowds that gathered at the Bandra West Station from around 3:45 pm can be linked to our stories.”(UNI)