Odishatv Bureau

Cuttack/Bhadrak: Entertainment channel Sarthak TV found itself in trouble after the winner of the 'Rajo Queen-2016', a reality show organised by the channel, has threatened to drag the channel to court alleging that she was being forced to return the crown on the ground that audience vote was required before the final round.

The winner of the mega show Ranjita Panigrahi, a native of Bhadrak, also demanded a ban on the channel. "I want a ban on Sarthak channel," she said.

"I was declared winner in the grand finale and was crowned accordingly. If votes from the audience were really needed, it could have been done before or during the semi final round," Panigrahi said.

Ranjita's mother also reacted sharply to the decision of the channel authorities and warned them of legal action. " As the mother of the contestant, I have decided to move court against such decision. I never thought that Sarthak TV would stoop down to this level," she said.

On the other hand, the channel has said that it has all the right to change the format of a programme during the course of shooting. "This allegation has no basis. A channel has full authority to make changes in its format until it is aired," Sarthak TV's non-fiction head Sreemant Kumar said.

Launched in 2013, Rajo Queen is one of the most innovative reality shows on Sarthak TV,

The show is based on popular Odia festival 'Raja'. As the festival is basically celebrated by unmarried girls, the channel invites them for audition for the programme. Channel sources said they are shortlisted on the basis of their IQ, general knowledge and smartness.The most talented of them is crowned as the 'Rajo Queen'.

Ollywood celebrities like Debashish Patra, Sritam Das, Priya Chowdhary, Prakruti Mishra, Jina Samal and Anubha Sourya are the mentors of the mega programme for this season.