Kolkata: Trinamool supremo and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has condemned the Centre for accusing N Ram, the editor of The Hindu, of publishing news reports on the Rafale Deal by accessing documents “stolen” from the Defence ministry.
Banerjee has maintained that if the submission made by the Centre in the Supreme Court on the alleged stealing of classified documents is true, then the country is in “grave danger” under the Narendra Modi government.
“We fully support and welcome the views expressed by the Editors Guild of India. N Ram is the finest journalist. He is not a businessman and is running the paper properly… It is to his credit of that N Ram has exposed something that is important to the country,” the Bengal CM told newspersons at Nabanna this afternoon.
Banerjee said that it is a journalist’s duty under freedom of Press to access classified documents, if they can, and file news reports. “But accusing journalists of stealing documents is wrong.”
She maintained that barring a handful like The Hindu, most media houses in India these days are controlled by the BJP. This is because their owners have other business interests.
The Trinamool chief maintained that it is a matter of shame that the Centre has told the SC that documents have been stolen from an important ministry like the Defence.
“If this is the case, isn’t this a grave security threat to the country? Doesn’t this undermine our sovereignty and internal security?” she said.
“This is a very very serious matter and I think, there must be an investigation as to how can the government say all this.”
The Bengal CM added that once the Modi government is voted out, there is bound to be a huge uproar over the Rafale Deal as it is a case of “monumental corruption.”