New Delhi [India]: The Delhi Police Crime Branch conducted searches at the residences of ‘The Wire’ founder Siddharth Varadarajan and Founding Editor MK Venu after an FIR was registered on BJP leader Amit Malviya’s complaint.
Earlier on Saturday, an FIR was registered by the Delhi Police against The Wire on BJP leader Amit Malviya’s complaint alleging it “forged documents with a view to malign and tarnish my reputation.” Malviya registered a complaint alleging that the news website “forged documents with a view to malign and tarnish” his reputation.
Delhi Police said that it has seized electronic devices (mobiles, laptops) from the residences of Siddharth Varadarajan, MK Venu, and others.
No notice was given to anyone and no inquiry has taken place today. Further investigation is going on and necessary steps will be taken, added the Delhi Police.
Malviya, who is head of BJP’s Information and Technology Cell, had filed a criminal complaint against The Wire and its top editors with the Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) on Saturday.
In his complaint, the BJP leader had sought registration of FIR under sections 420, 468, 469, 471, 500 r/w 120B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
In FIR names mentioned are The Wire, its founding editors Siddharth Vardarajan, Siddharth Bhatia and MK Venu, and Jahnavi Sen, deputy editor and executive news producer.
The complaint had said FIR should also be registered against the Foundation of Independent Journalism and other unknown persons “for the offences punishable u/s 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 469 (Forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 471 (Using as genuine a forged document or electronic record.), 500 (Punishment for Defamation) r/w 120B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860”.
The complaint to Delhi Police had said that “the accused persons have with common intention conspired to maliciously defame the complainant and the BJP by spreading false news to the public”.