NDTV CEO Suparna Singh forced to resign after I&B Ministry caught her holding US Citizenship

NDTV caught breaking the law on the appointment of its Editor, forced to remove Suparna Singh

NDTV caught breaking the law on the appointment of its Editor, forced to remove Suparna Singh
NDTV caught breaking the law on the appointment of its Editor, forced to remove Suparna Singh

The latest resignation of NDTV’s CEO Suparna Singh shows that the corrupt TV channel caught laundering money, has no respect for the law in India. Suparna was forced to resign after the Information & Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) found that she was an American Citizen and it is a clear violation. As per the laws and rules, In Television and Print media, all top posts including the post of the Editor should be a resident Indian Citizen.

This rule is well-known. Appointing Suparna Singh as the CEO in December 2017 shows the arrogance this company has towards India and its laws while preaching morals all the time. I&B never approved this and at last, she was forced to resign and NDTV informed the Stock Exchanges on August 22 of the same. The company put out a bland notification to the Stock Exchanges without revealing the exact reason for her resignation. They simply said as she did not get the approval of the I&B Ministry[1].

Actually, the erring media world was first caught by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy while going to Delhi High Court (HC) in 2012 against ‘The Hindu’ newspaper’s appointment of American citizen Siddharth Varadarajan as the Chief Editor.

Suparna Singh obtained United States (US) Citizenship during her studies in America in the mid-90s. It is interesting to note that Indian media organizations that talk about the illegality of others are often guilty of the same illegality. Many US, Singapore and British Citizens were illegally appointed by many Newspapers and TV Channels as their Editors and posted in top managerial positions. The rule is crystal clear. Only resident Indian Citizens can by appointed in such posts in India. Even Non-Resident Indians (NRI)s can’t be appointed.

Actually, the erring media world was first caught by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy while going to Delhi High Court (HC) in 2012 against ‘The Hindu’ newspaper’s appointment of American citizen Siddharth Varadarajan as the Chief Editor. Soon after the HC issued notice to Siddharth Varadarajan and ‘The Hindu’ newspaper, the management removed the American editor. As both the newspaper and Siddharth Varadarajan did not respond to Delhi High Court’s notice and Swamy’s case became hostile and the Judgment observed that media organizations would maintain the rules specified. Though Registrar of Newspaper India (RNI) objected to Siddharth Varadarajan’s US Citizenship, the Hindu Management was trying to ignore it and rectified the mistake after Delhi High Court issued notice on Swamy’s petition.

The Hindustan Times in 2016 also violated the norm by appointing American citizen Bobby Ghosh as its Editor. Before the Government clampdown, owner Shobhana Bhartia removed her imported Editor and patched up with the Government.

References:

[1] NDTV’s Suparna Singh resigns with immediate effectAug 22, 2019, OpIndia.com

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78 COMMENTS

  1. Have to stop reading politically polarised views and topics that arise out of polarised orientation of the news channel. ……,…… Have to say Goodbye.

  2. Every media organization have their friends and well wishes in the Government. They take favor to get news and in turn they favor them back. Corrupt Chidambaram is an example. I recall the elections in 2004 when NDTV published fake opinion polls and they cleverly duped Chandrababu Naidu’s fall in AP which largely affected the fortunes of the Vajpayee’s Government’s defeat. Fact. Thus, they supported Sonia back in power, but for Subramanian swamy and late Kalamji she would had occupied the PM seat. The role they played during Khandahar issue is also questionable. They are all tutored by Leftist ideology and they take it for granted that the Government will not do anything against their deeds. This Government has no obligations to the Media as they are not in favor of the Government. However they could not resist the public opinion. Sad that the media that had redefined journalism in the country has ended up in a mess.

    • NDTV redefined journalism??? James Roy and his brothel school, gave rise to BLUE JOURNALISM, OR PORN JOURNALISM which is worse than Yellow Journalism. Just because he wears and suit and tie in oppressive Delhi heat and speaks in AmeriKKKan English, does not make him any icon or change agent, he is just a BA in English who made it good as he was the English tutor for Raul and Bianca during their home schooling days after Rajiv assasination. By the way what did you expect from Nandigram Butcher Prakah Karat BIL, all white skinned created Hybrid families,

      • If Pranay Roy’s qualification (BA) is not suitable for an editor journalist, how do Modi’s qualifications (if any) be suitable for a Prime Minister ? ………………… Do some meaningful analysis.

  3. Thanks to PGurus for exposing the crooks’ nest, – that is NDTV. Those who are vouching for giving permission to non-Indians as heads of media houses should know that the existing rule is based on the national security concerns. Pretty much similar laws exist for other countries who do take due care to their own national security. For example, no non-US citizen can run a US-based media house. For this reason, Rupert Murdoch, an Australian citizen, had to take the US citizenship before taking over News Corp which owns Fox channel.

  4. It appears that many people here are unaware of the fact that Swamy himself is an American Citizen. He totally has three passports.

  5. Misrule of law is the one to be blamed; so many publications repeating the unlawful act only because there is no punishment to the publishers and the ‘foreigners’! Politicians and media, whichever side they are, are devine and unpublishable in our land.

  6. You are obviously a group of Bhakts pretending to be newscasters. NDTV is a credible channel. This government is afraid that they show the truth. The government and paid dogs like you are hounding the upright channel. Have some shame at least. Don’t call yourself unbiased.

  7. Interestingly the writer of this article says .. we are unbiased .. and right in second line it has declared NDTV as corrupt news agency …. I am very proud of ravish Kumar and his journalism . Who has brought terror in hearts and minds of the ruling government.. actually govt doesn’t wants to take down NDTV.. it wants to take down ravish Kumar …..

  8. भारत का मिडिया कहीं से भी भारतीय नहीं है,इस सच को छुपाया गया और झूठ परोसा गया बार बार ताकि यही सच लगे कि भारतीय मिडिया पारदर्शी है।

    प्रबुद्ध नागरिक और पाठक मेहरबानी करके देखें ,और जानने का प्रयास करें कि भारत के कितने अखबार और टीवी चैनल विदेशी फंडिंग पर पलते और चलते हैं ,और क्यों? यही कारण है पैसे देने वाला संस्थान अपने आदमी को टाप पोस्ट पर रखना पसंद करता है ताकि अखबार और टीवी चैनल वहीं दिखाये,सुनाए जो मालिक चाहता है।

    कोई अखबार और टीवी चैनल जो विदेशी फंडिंग पर चल रहे हैं ,कभी स्वीकार नहीं करेंगे कि वो फंडिंग लेते हैं। राजस्थान जयपुर से प्रकाशित पाक्षिक पत्र न्यायिक ज्वाला RNI no RAJHIN 2003) 8976 के एक लेख में खुलासा किया है,अगर साक्ष्य के तौर पर जिसे जरूरत हो प्रस्तुत किया जायेगा, उसका छोटा सा रुप यहां दे रहा हूं;

    The Hindu. Joshua society Burn Swetzer land.
    NDTV. Gospel of charity Spain
    TOI. 80%. Christian council UK ,20% ? 10% Italian
    All can see ,,,, Bennett and coal man,, on top of paper.
    Indian express. London southern funding.
    The Statemen. CPI Russia and China
    Aaj Tak. Christian council of London 100%
    बहुत लम्बी लिस्ट है ,जो यह जाहिर करती है कि भारतीय मिडिया कितना भारतीय हैं।?
    आलोचना या आक्षेप नहीं है,जो है सो बताया है एक भारतीय नागरिक होने के नाते ,कहने वाले बहुत कुछ कहेंगे जो उनको अच्छा लगेगा , अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता , लोकतंत्र की मजबूती है,
    मिडिया घराने, बुद्धि जीवी ,अगर देश पहले की भावना से कार्य करें तो बेहतर बल्कि बहुत बेहतर होगा,। व्यवसायिक स्पर्धा और स्वार्थ के चलते , देश हित , को साइड लाइन और राजनैतिक दलों की चारण वन्दना को उपर रखना उनका स्वयं के लिए अन्याय होगा।
    प्रतिक्रिया, का स्वागत।

  9. This is an interesting rule. Will it also apply to a US Citizen with an OCI card? Can this rule be challenged in court? A well-qualified media person should not be restricted in this way. The NDTV people are proving to be crooks no doubt but what about other law-abiding news institutions who may wish to appoint a declared OCI card holder in a CEO role? How can those persons be suppressed legally?

    Just curious.

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    • Yeah. Going against govt. Not praising them day and night .. so let them be crooked .. you take actions of you have proofs .. I would be interested to know why Jay Shah (your nephew) closed a company which had Registered 80 crore in profits in just 3 years …

    • I can’t agree with you what you exactly by well qualified media person mere a foreign University degree makes well qualified to violate law and spread anti national agenda to suit foreign agencies

  10. The media houses not following the laws of the land must be closed down immediately. Irrespective of their political connections.

  11. Since Indian citizens are vulnerable and state in India is a repressive state which goes after all those who criticize it, to protect oneself one should be an NRI or non Indian citizen, see what is happening to Chidambaram, the latest victim of vendetta

  12. This is a only TV (NDTv) who brings the reality infort of nation but truth is a terror for BJP govt because BJP and RSS loves dishonesty gunda gardi raping and brutality that’s why they are reuining the truth speakers from India .shame on BJP

    • Ms.Rekha ji, When reason behind the removal of theCEO of NDTV is Crystal clear violations of rules of I&B ministry.
      How can u blame here BJP. It shows you too might be curroptive some or the other way. “Truth Alone Triumps”.
      Jai Hind.

    • महोदया BJP एक राजनैतिक दल है और दलों की तरह , RSS एक समाज सेवी संस्थाओं का गठन है,भारत सरकार किसी भी राजनैतिक दल की जागीर नहीं है। अखबार टीवी पत्रकारिता का चौथा स्तम्भ है,अगर उसमें पारदर्शिता नहीं है ,केवल किसी खास को खुश करने की ,,चारण वन्दना ,,है तो उसका पतन निश्चित है।
      सबसे पहले आप यह देखिए कि आप जिस चैनल के गीत गा रही है ,उसको फंडिंग कहा से होती है,कौन कर रहा है और क्यों? एक सवाल आप अपने प्रिय चैनल से पूछना,,,,Gospel of charity
      SPAIN से उसका क्या सम्बन्ध है? कितनी फंडिंग लेते हैं और क्यों?

      झूठ के पैर देखें है, एक झूठ को छिपाने के लिए सौ झूठ, इस प्रशन का उत्तर आपको चैनल कभी नहीं देगा। आज चैनल की जो हालत है इसके लिए इसके कर्णधार ही जिम्मेदार और जबाव दार है,
      अगर आप क्लीन है तो कोई आपको हाथ नहीं लगा सकता ,कोयले की कोठरी में घुस कालिख से कौन बचा है। हर आरोपी कहता है वह निर्दोष है समय तय करता है उसके अपराध
      कुछ लिखने से पहले स्वयं पर संयम रखें तो अच्छा है, वरना एक उंगली का वार तीन उंगलियां के पलटवार का कुदरत का नियम है। आसमां पर थूक खुद के चेहरे को गंदा करती है।

      • Well said …this brainwashed leftist lady who support tudke tudke gang organisation…she is sleeper cell of this gang.

        • LOL…the real tukde tukde gang is Modee and his bunch of buffoons. Look how they destroyed the economy within a matter of three years! Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj meddled with the economy and have promptly kicked the bucket. Mission Accomplished! Now Modee is handicapped and Amit Shah is mentally retarded. Nirmala Sitharaman makes new changes to her budget every week! This cabinet still does not know how to rectify the economy. People like you are brainwashed MODEE’s PUPPETS. You can keep licking Modee’s boots until one day you will have nothing else to lick…and that day is coming soon!

    • You know there is no scarce of leftist thinkers like you in our country who blindly support Marxism or Lenin thinking ,You are such true bhakt of Desh tode gang.It is seen here clearly that NDTV has broken the rule and then you brainwashed people are supporting and abusing nationalist party or people… …Shame something, shameless woman.

  13. How come I &b officer took such a long time in approving or disapproving her appointment?
    Make in India officer are so busy.

  14. Being a US citizen, heading a newspaper labelled as Hindu and propagating anti-Hindu, anti-national thoughts? Is that an ordinary man or an extra ordinary man?

    • Boolywood Actor Akshay Kumar helds Canadian Passport. He was preaching Deshbakti with PM Modi just before election, but he himself prefer to be a Canadian than to be an Indian

  15. Hi! You state that – [As per the laws and rules, In Television and Print media, all top posts including the post of the Editor should be a resident Indian Citizen. This rule is well-known.] Could you tell where in Law is this?

    • U are wrong why u love American citizen rule should be followed stern action is needed so that no foreigner may play with indian laws

    • Yes if anyone tries to work against national interests and tries to spoil image of India internationally
      It’s not just Modi but all nationalistic governments world over including China, UK USA etc….
      Enough of Muslim & Christian fundamentalism

    • Yes if anyone tries to work against national interests and tries to spoil image of India internationally
      It’s not just Modi but all nationalistic governments world over including China, UK USA etc….
      Enough of Muslim & Christian fundamentalism
      We are fed up of your psydo secularism

    • Not as you feel n said .
      If you r fake need to worry .. about nationalist or anti ..
      As a common man we r never bothered n no one questioned .
      If you take a chance ..u need to be questioned. Be careful
      This is new India.
      Jai Hind

  16. If we dig deep into Media internally here and there connecting with foreign workers
    Then my suggestions to ban all media. To carry simply fake news. Present the NDTV flashing the news against ruling government. This also one of the reason. I guess..

  17. If we dig deep into Media internally here and there connecting with foreign workers
    Then my suggestions to ban all media. To carry simply fake news. Present the NDTV flashing the news against ruling government. This also one of the reason. I guess

  18. If we dig deep into Media internally here and there connecting with foreign workers
    Then my suggestions to ban all media. To carry simply fake news

  19. Doing an awesome job of bringing about the details to the knowledge of the public, of these Media houses indulging in anti-national activities

  20. See how the terminology Presstitute fits these paid media which is ever against the clean government of the day. All these pandering to and getting favours from the Congress through chidambarams and his ilks have such illegality deeply entrenched in them and this expkaibs also why BBC’s and aljajeeras and nyt spit venom on India’s internal matters. These proters are all traitors and must be tried not under pmla but under treason charges and executed as befitting treachery.

  21. If that is the case why is Devyani khobragde IFS officer who worked in the USA was suspended by the Congress govt for holding American passport been given a promotion in the BJP govt ?

    Does a diplomat not know that dual citizenship is wrong ?

    • “Corruption” according to them is corruption only when performed by the left wing supporters. BJP supporters are not corrupt even if they have multiple passports or multiple bank accounts. The rule of law applies to everybody else except those who lick the boots of the BJP…like Sri Iyer.

  22. NDTV, Hindustan Times, Hindu & a host of other Media Outlets need to be banned using special ordinances.

    Prannoy Roy, Vinod Sharma & Ram are rank Anti-Nationals & reprobates of the first degree.

  23. For all these preachers the rules are meant for ordinary folks. By the way, this rule of I&B Ministry is also silly because if this rule is also applied to websites it will cause havoc and Sree Iyer may have declare pgurus as foreign news establishment. I presume Sree Iyer is a US citizen now.

        • Let us see who this Sandhya is – which country are you residing in now, Sandhya? And how do you come to the conclusion that Sree Iyer is BJP chamcha? Search on Narendra Modi in PGurus site (there is a Zoom button and you enter the text) and go through the articles. Ignorance is not bliss.

        • Well said! Sandhya. Team PGurus pretends to be an unbiased news outlet and yet jumps to defend the BJP and its goons. Sree Iyer is just another puppet under Modi’s payroll. Ask them to prove it if he isnt.

          • Both Sandhya and Varun are spurious handles cloaking their addresses thinking they will not be smoked out. Don’t answer the challenge posed in the previous reply and rant from a different country based email address? Where are your facts, moron?

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