Bhubaneswar: After drawing severe criticism from journalists, Kendrapara MP Anubhav Mohanty broke his silence on social media over his alleged misbehaviour with a journalist of OTV news channel.
The actor-turned-politician took to his social media account and posted a 1 min 29-sec video, where he has expressed his regret for the unfortunate incident.
In the video, the Kendarapara MP first termed the incident as unfortunate which has also left him disturbed. Mohanty said: “I have high respect for the media and always support it all means. But two days ago what happened with the journalist of OTV has left me disturbed. I never intended this and I am also unhappy about the incident.”
The parliamentarian also stated that after former MP Baijayant Panda lost from him in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the TV channel run by his family, OTV, has been running a campaign against him to malign his image. He said that the TV channel has been continually assailing his character, humiliating and annoying him.
Before concluding his message, Mohanty also urged Baijayant Panda not to disturb him. “I humbly request Baijayant Babu not to bother me while I serve the constituency,” Mohanty said.
କେନ୍ଦ୍ରାପଡ଼ା ବାସୀଙ୍କ ସେବାରେ ମୋ ଜୀବନ ଉତ୍ସର୍ଗୀକୃତ🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/iSvidlzlZ0
— Anubhav Mohanty (@AnubhavMohanty_) November 8, 2019
Soon after the video surfaced on social media, OTV released a statement on Mohanty’s allegations. “Baijayant Panda has no role in OTV’s management & specifically during this incident, he was abroad for delivering lectures at Oxford, Cambridge. OTV is run by professional journalists & operates independently. We strongly follow a charter on Free, Fair & Unbiased reporting & every news we carry is guided by this charter. Anubhav Mohanty misbehaved with a journalist and instead of expressing regret, he should apologise,” the TV channel stated.
Reportedly, Kendrapara Town police have registered a case under Sections, 341, 323, 295, 500 and 506 of the IPC against Mohanty for misbehaving with an on-duty journalist.
Responding to media queries in New Delhi this afternoon, Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik said that he will look into the matter.
On October 5, the Kendrapara MP Anubhav Mohanty pulled the boom of OTV reporter Manoj Swain and clapped in full public glare after dragging him in front of the camera, to make fun of him. Some of his supporters present were also seen applauding his act. “You ask me one thing and you present it in a different manner,” the MP had told Swain at that time.
Condemning the MP’s act, the Odisha Union of Journalists had demanded his resignation and asked him to tender an apology. On Thursday, a delegation of journalists met the Home Secretary and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister seeking the latter’s intervention in the matter.