Call Money-Chief Minister directs police to issue notice to media houses

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Andhra Pradesh State Government will be issuing notices to media houses that telecasted call money scam and harassment of women borrowers.

Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Monday disclosed this in Legislative Council. He said that so far only one complaint of sexual harassment was lodged with the police and the department was taking action but media has been brining to light many such cases. He said media should report responsibly, verify their information before publishing and their writings should be backed with evidence. ‘No culprit will be spared however big one may be but let’s not imagine and make up things. If you have information, share it with us’, he said.

Instructions have been issued to police to issue notices to all media houses who telecast/published such reports for documentary evidence to act against the culprits, said Chandrababu Naidu. Chandrababu said that those who sexually harassed women borrowers or family members of borrowers would be tried under the Nirbhaya Act. The government would take stringent legislation to regulate money lending business in the State and set up a Special court in Vijayawada for speedy disposal of such cases.

Law equal to all:

Chandrababu Naidu made it clear that everyone including Ministers, MLAs, MLCs and Officers should not cross their respective jurisdiction. He said that Law was equal to all. Responding to CPI member P.J. Chandrasekhar in the sand mining incident in which Vanajakshi was assaulted by ruling MLA, he said that the MRO should also have known her responsibilities when someone crossed his/her jurisdiction, it would lead to friction. In that case, I pulled up both the MLA and Musunuru MRO and added both of them are wrong.

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