N Ram, the noted Editor, and Chairman of ‘The Hindu’ newspaper appears to have plumbed new depths by publishing an Editorial arguing for granting bail to the jailed former Finance Minister P Chidambaram (PC). It is interesting to note that the editorial was published on October 21, a day before Supreme Court’s Justice R Banumathi-headed bench passed a favourable order giving bail to Chidambaram in the INX Media case of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). This is an open-and-shut case of bribery – the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have concrete bank records that show that Karti’s firms got around Rs.3.5 crores from INX Media promoters.
Reading the atrocious Editorial, it is certain that it was a calibrated move when Justice Banumathi-headed Bench was writing the Order granting bail. The CBI in its Review Petition pointed out a series of errors in this pro-Chidambaram Order, who is one of the kingpins of corruption during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime. This is not the first tryst involving N Ram-headed ‘The Hindu’ in corruption cases. In 2G Telecom Scam, the newspaper went the extra kilometer supporting the tainted Telecom Minister A Raja. There were allegations by the other shareholders and Directors of The Hindu like Malini Parthasarathy and N Ravi about ‘The Hindu’s’ dubious and “Paid News” activities during the Telecom Scandal.
Mr. Ram, how did you arrive at a “clean chit” to Chidambaram in the INX Media bribery case? This is as open-and-shut a case as it gets. The bribe giver Indrani Mukerjea has become an Approver and has confessed in the Court about meeting Chidambaram and the routing of five million dollars in 2008 to his son Karti’s firms through offshore money transactions. The ED has already found (before this confession) that around Rs.3.5 crores were transferred to Karti’s firms. If this is not a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Mr. Ram, then what is? A similar kind of corruption and money trail happened in Aircel-Maxis scam too, where Chidambaram and his son are charge-sheeted.
Buddies from student days
I know you were a close friend of Chidambaram in your student days and both under the leadership of CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat edited a small magazine on Left politics titled the Radical Review in Chennai. But rid me of this doubt – was your and PC’s left-leaning preaching for all or was it “present company” excluded? I know like you Chidambaram is also a land grabber in the same plush area of Chennai’s East Coast Road. Inquiring minds want to know what the status is of the police case against you for land grabbing and company-documents-grabbing filed by former AIADMK MP K C Palanisami. As you are a Media baron and an Editor, Mainstream Media (MSM) organisations won’t cover this case where you are charged with land grabbing, company grabbing, destruction of documents, using force through ruffian elements and so on. I am aware that till a few years ago, you were going to the police station regularly to put your signature to mark your presence as part of the Court Order giving you some bail or anticipatory bail from arrest. Shame on you Ram for engaging in physical activities like a thug.
I know you have no respect for the laws of this country – you appointed Siddharth Varadarajan, a United States citizen as ‘The Hindu’s’ Editor by side-lining Malini Parthasarthy, who was the senior-most and perhaps a more deserving candidate. As an Editor and media baron, you must be aware that the rules in India require that only Resident citizens can be appointed as the Editor of an Indian newspaper. Gifting high-pedigree dogs to VIPs (including Sonia Gandhi) in Delhi perhaps made you think that the laws of the land do not apply to you. After Subramanian Swamy’s case in Delhi High Court on the illegal appointment of a US Citizen, you sacked Sidharth and saved your skin.
You are a filtered hypocrite, Mr. Ram. You made a brouhaha when journalist Barkha Dutt was caught on Niira Radia tapes. You even said she should be punished and that she should quit her profession. But you were silent when your buddy Prannoy Roy was caught by the Income Tax, the CBI and the ED for massive money laundering and tax evasion of 1000s of crores and bank frauds. Cat got your tongue, Mr. Ram? I know you made some nasty comments about my book – NDTV Frauds – due to your unholy relations with Prannoy Roy. I know you lobbied for Prannoy Roy with several important people who brought up the frauds of NDTV. I am trying to determine who you are – a thick-skinned Rhino or a brash person or both. Lobbying for Chidambaram has proved that you have PROSTITUTED Journalism.
Lobbying for PC at TNCC meeting
You were fervently lobbying for the crooked Chidambaram, on his being jailed. You attended the Tamil Nadu Pradesh Congress Committee’s (TNCC) function against the arrest of Chidambaram, by misusing your garb as Editor. You can’t blame me if I doubt that you were doing Paid News for Chidambaram’s bail granting, considering the allegations raised by your colleagues (and close relatives) N Ravi, N Murali, and Malini Parthasarathy in 2G cases for supporting A Raja. I hope in the coming years’ history will call you a bonafide Presstitute.
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