SVBC Chairman tenders resignation

Highlights

  • Head of a vernacular news channel behind the ‘honey trap’ conspiracy
  • The woman, whose voice was reportedly in the audio tape, left for Bangalore, sources said
  • Prithviraj asked media to slap him with his shoes, in case his romance with the woman is true

Vijayawada: The Sree Venkateshwara Bhakthi Channel (SVBC) Chairman Prithviraj has tendered resignation to the position. He has sent his resignation to the TTD Chairman Y V Subba Reddy through fax. Speaking to media after tendering his resignation, Prithiviraj said that Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed him to resign, and he followed the same. Stating that his voice has been morphed, Prithviraj challenged to test his blood samples, following the allegations that he was in a drunken state, during the conversation with the woman employee. He said that he would come back to SVBC, after the clean chit from Vigilance.

He added that he was assaulted by a group of people, on 10th of this month. Prithvi has reiterated that he stands by his words against the benamis, who acted in the guise of farmers. He said that he lodged a complaint against the said woman, with Tirupati Police. It is learnt that the head of a vernacular news channel, close to the TDP circles, has scripted this conspiracy, and, accordingly Prtihvi was caught in the honey trap. The woman, who reportedly had a romantic conversation with Prithviraj has left for Bangalore, on the directions of the head of the vernacular news channel, sources from Tirupati said.

Coming back to the episode, the fresh and unfortunate development is the outcome of the caste war in AP. The SVBC Chairman Prithviraj, who reportedly made objectionable comments on a social section of Amaravati farmers, was subjected to honey trap. An audio tape containing the conversation between him and a woman employee of Sree Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel (SVBC) was leaked, just a day after Pirthiv’s explanation over his comments on the subject ‘paid artists’, to another character actor Posani Krishnamurali. In fact, Posani Krishna Murali lambasted Prithviraj, for his alleged comments on farmers of Kamma section, in Amaravati Capital region. However, Prithiviraj has clarified that his intention was to blame only benamis of TDP leaders, those who are agitating in the guise of famers. The duo’s confrontation has drawn the attention of the entire media, in the last couple of days and interestingly, the channels reportedly supporting the opposition TDP, have aired the news item with audio clip, containing the conversation between the SVBC Chairman and woman employee of the same channel.

In this audio tape, both of them had a romantic conversation and nobody knows as to how this conversation tape, reached the channels. In fact, Prithvi has not been maintaining comfortable relations with a section of the employees of the channel, and they also started demanding to remove Prithvi as the Chairman of the channel. These circumstances helped the opposition TDP, to take advantage of the situation, as the opposition party has been trying to portray the TTD official machinery and ruling YSRCP, as anti-Hindu. Several attempts of TDP and its associate bodies, to show that TTD is silent on the ‘promotion of Christianity’ on Tirumala Hills became futile, and, at this stage TDP got an opportunity to highlight the unlawful activities of SVBC Chairman on the pious Hills of Tirumala.

Patri Vasudevan

Patri Vasudevan, is a senior journalist, worked with both visual and print media. He has 22 years’ experience in journalism. He has expertise in war zone reporting. Covered LTTE stories in Sri Lanka, and Nandigram & Lalgarh are best assignments, during his stint with TV9 and Sakshi TV at New Delhi. Vasudevan also served Deccan Chronicle, and filed good number of political investigative stories. As an RTI activist, Vasudevan could able to elicit frauds in the banking sector, and wrote number of interesting stories on as to how parking funds are misused.

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