HYDERABAD: A clipping of the Aaj Tak bulletin where anchor Chitra Tripathi interrupts Shiv Sena spokesperson Anand Dubey, is circulating on social media.
Users claim that Chitra Tripathi had purposely interrupted Anand Dubey when he was discussing the seizure of nearly 3,000 kilograms of heroin at Adani port in Mundra, Gujarat.
"`Koi Adani ka naam nahi lega' (No one should take the name of Adani)", indicating that the channel interrupted Anand Dubey in order to protect Adani Group.
The clipping was shared by a Twitter user. The tweet had notched 131.6K views at the time of writing this article. (archive)
Editorial cartoonist Manjul also tweeted the video and wrote "Gold standard of journalism." (archive)
Below are a few more such tweets.
The claim that the channel interrupted Anand Dubey to protect the Adani Group is false.
NewsMeter found the complete bulletin on Aaj Tak's official YouTube channel that was uploaded on October 3. The bulletin focuses on the cruise drugs case that involves Aryan Khan. Along with Anand Dubey, Ram Kadam-spokesperson of Maharashtra BJP, actor Shazad Khan, director Shoaid Chaudhary, model Shelly Maheswari and actress Parchi Adhikari were also present during the discussion.
The viral clipping was taken from timestamp 3:36. Just as Anand Dubey began to talk about the heroin bust at the port in Mundra, Gujarat- which is owned by the Adani group. Chitra Tripathi interrupted him with breaking news to announce that Aryan Khan was arrested. She then called in a correspondent covering the case to explain the sections and the charges against the three arrested. The correspondent then explained the case.
Later at timestamp 9:24, Chitra asked Anand Dubey to continue from where he left. Dubey spoke about the heroin seizure at Mundra port. He was allowed to speak.
The viral video only shows the first half of the news segment. The anchor did not purposely stop Dubey from talking about Adani. She took a pause to share new developments about the case.
Thus, the dig taken at the channel's journalistic practices is false.