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BJD MLA Amar Satpathy on Friday moved a breach of privilege motion against The New Indian Express (TNIE) and Odisha Television Ltd (OTV) for publishing and airing news based on the statements given by the Leader of Opposition (LoP) Jayanarayan Mishra during discussion on a motion on Naba Das murder case in Odisha Assembly on Thursday.
“I have moved the breach of privilege motion against The New Indian Express and OTV for publishing and airing the news. The Speaker will take necessary steps after examination as I have served the notice under provision 140 under the Rules of Procedure,” said Satpathy.
While participating in the discussion yesterday, LoP Mishra had levelled serious allegations by stating that four days prior to the murder of health minister Naba Das, there was a meeting between 5T secretary and BJD organisation secretary at Naveen Niwas.
Later, the Odisha Assembly Speaker directed to expunge the name of 5T secretary. However, there was confusion whether the Speaker directed to expunge mention of Naveen Niwas or not.
It is for this reason that a lot of media houses have published and aired reports based on the statements of the senior BJP leader and LoP Jayanarayan Mishra. However, the breach of privilege motion was been brought against two media houses- The New Indian Express and OTV.
OTV, being a responsible media house, believes in telecast of reports without any biasness. Being an unbiased channel, OTV has been airing reports based on the allegations brought by the Opposition members and the stand of the members of the ruling party on several issues raised in the Odisha Assembly.
Besides, OTV always has ensured that all its reports are as per the House management norms, Speaker’s statement and ruling.
Meanwhile, the Leader of Opposition Jayanarayan Mishra today said, “The Speaker had directed to expunge the name of 5T Secretary and not the post. There was no direction from the Speaker on the mentioning of Naveen Niwas, or, to expunge it.”
(Reported by Harihar Chand)