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Centre allows Sudarshan News to air controversial #UPSCJihad show

Suresh Chavhanke has promoted the show Bindas Bol, as an ‘expose’ on what he terms as ‘infiltration’ of Muslims in the Civil Services

10 Sep 2020

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The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union Government has "allowed” Sudarshan News channel and its Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke to broadcast the controversial show ‘Bindas Bol’ which had been stayed by the High Court earlier. A jubilant Chavhanke declared that this show will be aired on Friday, September 11. He then went on to share the same communal toned promotional clip that he had done before, and ignited a massive controversy. 

Chavhanke once again advertised the show as an ‘expose’ on Jamia Milia Islamia and the Muslim community, claiming that the success of Jamia Milia Islamia students in the Civil Services examination 2020 was “a conspiracy to infiltrate the civil service by Muslims”. He still continues to advertise his media trial and ‘investigation’ on the issue.

 

Once again the promotional clip which is blatantly communal has gone viral. The Delhi High Court, on August 29, had directed the Centre to decide on the complaints received against the proposed show. It had ordered a stay on the show’s broadcast till the Centre took a decision in the matter.

Soon enough the Central Government allowed Chavhanke’s Sudarshan News channel to telecast a show on what the channel has branded as their “investigation” into what they allege is the “infiltration of Muslims” in the Civil Services. According to Live Law, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting  “Directs @SudarshanNewsTV to broadcast the programme #BindasBol by ensuring that the programme does not violate any of the programme Codes.” The ministry has also  directed the channel to “ensure that the show proposed to be telecast did not violate any programme code”, adding that action would be taken if any violation of the law was found.

 

However, emboldened by the permission Chavhanke did not seem to believe any action would be taken if he violated any ethical codes, and continued to use derogatory terms like #UPSCJihad to promote this show as he had done before.  

 

According to news reports, the channel in it's written submission had stated before the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that its show was “not violative of the law” and added that if at all the programme was found to be violative, action as per law could be taken. The Centre had responded after the Delhi High Court, on August 29, directed it to decide on the complaints received against the proposed show. The stay was granted till the Centre took a decision in the matter.

The Delhi High Court had put the brakes on Suresh Chavhanke’s plan to air his show that alleged that there had been an “infiltration of Muslims” in India’s civil services. Last week, the Delhi High Court ordered a stay on the broadcast of this show, which was being advertised by Chavhanke on social media, using hashtags such as ‘#UPSCJihad’.  The stay was ordered by a single-judge bench presided by Justice Navin Chawla, who issued a restraint order against the broadcast on a plea filed by former and current students of Jamia Millia Islamia University. The judge also issued notice to the Centre, UPSC, Sudarshan News channel and its Editor-in-Chief Chavhanke. 

In an order issued Thursday, the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry said it cannot pre-censor a programme, or stop it from being telecast. The Print reported the order as stating, “If only, when the programme is telecast and any violation of law is found, action can be taken”. 

The news report added that in its order, the ministry called the controversy surrounding the show a “peculiar situation” where the programme has not yet been telecast but has drawn complaints on the basis of its promo. The ministry said it had sent a notice to Sudarshan News seeking its comments on whether the show adheres to the programme code. The channel replied in a written submission that it is not violative of the law and action can be taken against it if the show turns out to be, stated the news report.

“…Sudarshan TV is hereby directed to ensure that the programme proposed to be telecast does not violate any of the programme codes,” the ministry said in its order, reported The Print.

Chavhanke had advertised the show as an ‘expose’ on Jamia Milia Islamia and the Muslim community, claiming that the success of Jamia Milia Islamia students in the Civil Services examination 2020 was “a conspiracy to infiltrate the civil service by Muslims”. He still continues to advertise his media trial and ‘investigation’ on the issue.

 

The plea filed through advocate Shadan Farasat contended that Suresh Chavhanke, the editor-in-chief of Sudarshan TV, openly engaged in hate speech and defamation against students of Jamia Milia Islamia and the Muslim community. Chavhanke’s promotional video,  had claimed that the success of Jamia Millia Islamia students in the Civil Services examination 2020 represented a conspiracy to infiltrate the civil service by Muslims.

The advocate appearing for the Central Government had informed the court it had sought a clarification from the channel after receiving several complaints regarding the programme which was set to be broadcast on Sudarshan News TV on August 28 at 8 pm. According to reports, the Supreme Court while hearing a similar plea albeit filed by a different petitioner had  refused to stay the broadcast of the same show. A two-judge bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and K M Joseph said that the court had to be circumspect in imposing a prior restraint on the publication or the airing of views on the basis of an unverified transcript of a 49-second clip.

Meanwhile, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has filed a complaint with the  News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) in connection with the communally inflammatory promotional video for a show on the presence of minorities in public service. This complaint is against Sudarshan News’s trailer of the show alleging ‘UPSC Jihad’. The channel’s Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke is seen and heard in the video saying, “How has there been a sudden rise in the number of Muslims in IAS and IPS? What is the secret behind scoring high marks in such a difficult exam? If Jihadis of Jamia become your Collectors and Chief Secretaries, what will happen then? The big reveal on the Executive being infiltrated.”

He had shared that the show was going to be an ‘expose’ on “Muslamano ki Ghuspaith ke shadantra ka bada khulasa (The conspiracy behind Muslim infiltration in UPSC – The Big Reveal).  The CJP complaint brings to the NBSA’s notice that Chavhanke is known to have published such derogatory and venomous comments targeting the religious minorities in the past. He has also been previously arrested by the Lucknow police for inciting communal hatred. Among the many criminal charges him, also include charges of rape, attempt to murder and fraud, as per FIR filed by a former employee of Sudarshan news channel, in 2016.

The complaint further brings before the NBSA the many criticisms faced by the news channel on account of the promotional video of the show. More than 1,700 citizens — including prominent journalists, film directors, lawyers and civil society members — have written to seven chief ministers, demanding that an FIR be registered against Chavhanke for spreading ‘hate speech’. Further, even Jamia Teachers’ Association has urged the university administration to file a criminal defamation suit against Chavhanke for making offensive remarks after brilliant performances of Muslim aspirants in the recent examination held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The show stands to violate the code of ethics and standards on reportage as set out by NBSA from time to time such as acting in public interest, avoiding creating panic and distress, avoiding offensive language, avoiding religious stereotyping and so on. Further, it also amounts to various offences under the Indian Penal Code such as promoting enmity, causing disharmony, outraging religious feelings and so on, which have been mentioned in detail in the complaint.

The complaint states, “These discriminatory statements and unverified claims amount to generating an atmosphere that can lead to mass violence and targeting of the Muslim community. The Muslim community has been subjected to hate speech and vehement hate propaganda in the past few years and the TV news media has especially been complicit and an active participant in driving this narrative.” Here is the real news behind Suresh Chavhanke’s fake news factory:

However there is no mention of “UPSC Jihad” in the court's order. And Chavhanke has declared that this show will be aired on Friday.

 

 

Related: 

CJP calls out Sudarshan News’ hate agenda; moves NBSA
Promoting fraternity: Courts to the rescue
Delhi HC stays broadcast of Suresh Chavhanke’s ‘UPSC Jihad’ show

Centre allows Sudarshan News to air controversial #UPSCJihad show

Suresh Chavhanke has promoted the show Bindas Bol, as an ‘expose’ on what he terms as ‘infiltration’ of Muslims in the Civil Services

Image Courtesy:newstrack24x7.co

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union Government has "allowed” Sudarshan News channel and its Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke to broadcast the controversial show ‘Bindas Bol’ which had been stayed by the High Court earlier. A jubilant Chavhanke declared that this show will be aired on Friday, September 11. He then went on to share the same communal toned promotional clip that he had done before, and ignited a massive controversy. 

Chavhanke once again advertised the show as an ‘expose’ on Jamia Milia Islamia and the Muslim community, claiming that the success of Jamia Milia Islamia students in the Civil Services examination 2020 was “a conspiracy to infiltrate the civil service by Muslims”. He still continues to advertise his media trial and ‘investigation’ on the issue.

 

Once again the promotional clip which is blatantly communal has gone viral. The Delhi High Court, on August 29, had directed the Centre to decide on the complaints received against the proposed show. It had ordered a stay on the show’s broadcast till the Centre took a decision in the matter.

Soon enough the Central Government allowed Chavhanke’s Sudarshan News channel to telecast a show on what the channel has branded as their “investigation” into what they allege is the “infiltration of Muslims” in the Civil Services. According to Live Law, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting  “Directs @SudarshanNewsTV to broadcast the programme #BindasBol by ensuring that the programme does not violate any of the programme Codes.” The ministry has also  directed the channel to “ensure that the show proposed to be telecast did not violate any programme code”, adding that action would be taken if any violation of the law was found.

 

However, emboldened by the permission Chavhanke did not seem to believe any action would be taken if he violated any ethical codes, and continued to use derogatory terms like #UPSCJihad to promote this show as he had done before.  

 

According to news reports, the channel in it's written submission had stated before the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that its show was “not violative of the law” and added that if at all the programme was found to be violative, action as per law could be taken. The Centre had responded after the Delhi High Court, on August 29, directed it to decide on the complaints received against the proposed show. The stay was granted till the Centre took a decision in the matter.

The Delhi High Court had put the brakes on Suresh Chavhanke’s plan to air his show that alleged that there had been an “infiltration of Muslims” in India’s civil services. Last week, the Delhi High Court ordered a stay on the broadcast of this show, which was being advertised by Chavhanke on social media, using hashtags such as ‘#UPSCJihad’.  The stay was ordered by a single-judge bench presided by Justice Navin Chawla, who issued a restraint order against the broadcast on a plea filed by former and current students of Jamia Millia Islamia University. The judge also issued notice to the Centre, UPSC, Sudarshan News channel and its Editor-in-Chief Chavhanke. 

In an order issued Thursday, the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry said it cannot pre-censor a programme, or stop it from being telecast. The Print reported the order as stating, “If only, when the programme is telecast and any violation of law is found, action can be taken”. 

The news report added that in its order, the ministry called the controversy surrounding the show a “peculiar situation” where the programme has not yet been telecast but has drawn complaints on the basis of its promo. The ministry said it had sent a notice to Sudarshan News seeking its comments on whether the show adheres to the programme code. The channel replied in a written submission that it is not violative of the law and action can be taken against it if the show turns out to be, stated the news report.

“…Sudarshan TV is hereby directed to ensure that the programme proposed to be telecast does not violate any of the programme codes,” the ministry said in its order, reported The Print.

Chavhanke had advertised the show as an ‘expose’ on Jamia Milia Islamia and the Muslim community, claiming that the success of Jamia Milia Islamia students in the Civil Services examination 2020 was “a conspiracy to infiltrate the civil service by Muslims”. He still continues to advertise his media trial and ‘investigation’ on the issue.

 

The plea filed through advocate Shadan Farasat contended that Suresh Chavhanke, the editor-in-chief of Sudarshan TV, openly engaged in hate speech and defamation against students of Jamia Milia Islamia and the Muslim community. Chavhanke’s promotional video,  had claimed that the success of Jamia Millia Islamia students in the Civil Services examination 2020 represented a conspiracy to infiltrate the civil service by Muslims.

The advocate appearing for the Central Government had informed the court it had sought a clarification from the channel after receiving several complaints regarding the programme which was set to be broadcast on Sudarshan News TV on August 28 at 8 pm. According to reports, the Supreme Court while hearing a similar plea albeit filed by a different petitioner had  refused to stay the broadcast of the same show. A two-judge bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and K M Joseph said that the court had to be circumspect in imposing a prior restraint on the publication or the airing of views on the basis of an unverified transcript of a 49-second clip.

Meanwhile, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has filed a complaint with the  News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) in connection with the communally inflammatory promotional video for a show on the presence of minorities in public service. This complaint is against Sudarshan News’s trailer of the show alleging ‘UPSC Jihad’. The channel’s Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke is seen and heard in the video saying, “How has there been a sudden rise in the number of Muslims in IAS and IPS? What is the secret behind scoring high marks in such a difficult exam? If Jihadis of Jamia become your Collectors and Chief Secretaries, what will happen then? The big reveal on the Executive being infiltrated.”

He had shared that the show was going to be an ‘expose’ on “Muslamano ki Ghuspaith ke shadantra ka bada khulasa (The conspiracy behind Muslim infiltration in UPSC – The Big Reveal).  The CJP complaint brings to the NBSA’s notice that Chavhanke is known to have published such derogatory and venomous comments targeting the religious minorities in the past. He has also been previously arrested by the Lucknow police for inciting communal hatred. Among the many criminal charges him, also include charges of rape, attempt to murder and fraud, as per FIR filed by a former employee of Sudarshan news channel, in 2016.

The complaint further brings before the NBSA the many criticisms faced by the news channel on account of the promotional video of the show. More than 1,700 citizens — including prominent journalists, film directors, lawyers and civil society members — have written to seven chief ministers, demanding that an FIR be registered against Chavhanke for spreading ‘hate speech’. Further, even Jamia Teachers’ Association has urged the university administration to file a criminal defamation suit against Chavhanke for making offensive remarks after brilliant performances of Muslim aspirants in the recent examination held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The show stands to violate the code of ethics and standards on reportage as set out by NBSA from time to time such as acting in public interest, avoiding creating panic and distress, avoiding offensive language, avoiding religious stereotyping and so on. Further, it also amounts to various offences under the Indian Penal Code such as promoting enmity, causing disharmony, outraging religious feelings and so on, which have been mentioned in detail in the complaint.

The complaint states, “These discriminatory statements and unverified claims amount to generating an atmosphere that can lead to mass violence and targeting of the Muslim community. The Muslim community has been subjected to hate speech and vehement hate propaganda in the past few years and the TV news media has especially been complicit and an active participant in driving this narrative.” Here is the real news behind Suresh Chavhanke’s fake news factory:

However there is no mention of “UPSC Jihad” in the court's order. And Chavhanke has declared that this show will be aired on Friday.

 

 

Related: 

CJP calls out Sudarshan News’ hate agenda; moves NBSA
Promoting fraternity: Courts to the rescue
Delhi HC stays broadcast of Suresh Chavhanke’s ‘UPSC Jihad’ show

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Delhi HC stays broadcast of Suresh Chavhanke’s ‘UPSC Jihad’ show

Notice also issued to the Centre, UPSC, Sudarshan News channel and its Editor-in-Chief Chavhanke

28 Aug 2020

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The Delhi High Court has put the brakes on Suresh Chavhanke’s plan to air on his Sudarshan News channel a show that alleged that there had been an “infiltration of Muslims” in India’s civil services. On Friday afternoon, The Delhi High Court ordered a stay on the broadcast of this show, which was being advertised by Chavhanke on social media, using hashtags such as ‘UPSC Jihad’. According to the the petitioners, this was done to defame, attack and incite hatred against Jamia Milia Islamia, its alumni and the Muslim community at large, reported The Leaflet. Advocate Shadan Farasat appeared for the petitioners.

According to the report, the stay was ordered by a single-judge bench presided by Justice Navin Chawla, who issued a restraint order against the broadcast on a plea filed by former and current students of Jamia Millia Islamia University. The judge also issued notice to the Centre, UPSC, Sudarshan News channel and its Editor-in-Chief Chavhanke. The matter will be heard on September 7.

The plea contended that Suresh Chavhanke openly engaged in hate speech and defamation against students of Jamia Milia Islamia and the Muslim community, stated the news report, adding that he claimed that the success of Jamia Milia Islamia students in the Civil Services examination 2020 represents a conspiracy to infiltrate the civil service by Muslims. Chavhanke, stated the petitioner, incited his target non-Muslim audience by fearmongering that “jihadis” or “terrorists” from Jamia Milia Islamia will soon hold positions of authority and power.

According to the plea, the proposed broadcast along with the trailer violated the programme code set out under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, read with the Cable Television Networks Rules 1994, reported The Leaflet. The petitioners asserted that the show also constituted hate speech and criminal defamation and is an offence under Sections 153A(1) [Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony],153B(1) [Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration], 295A [Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs] and 499 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.

While Jamia Millia Islamia had written to the Union Education Ministry asking them to take action against Sudarshan News channel and its editor-in-chief Chavhanke for “tarnishing” the image of the university, the V-C Najma Akhtar told The Indian Express that the university was not likely to go to court over the issue. She told IE that Chavhanke had given a new “secular definition” of jihadi, adding that, “We don’t want to give them too much importance. As far as our students are concerned, 30 students from RCA were selected this time out of which 16 are Muslims and 14 are Hindus. Since they were all called jihadis, it means 16 were Muslim jihadis and 14 others were Hindu jihadis. India has been given a new secular definition of jihadis.”

The IE reported that Chavhanke maintained his stand and said he wanted to ask, “how their (Muslim) numbers are increasing in civil services. It’s because of them being given back door favour, option of choosing Islamist studies, Urdu language, etc. If my show is found unconstitutional or doesn’t meet the standard of broadcast authority, then let there be action against me.”

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Delhi HC stays broadcast of Suresh Chavhanke’s ‘UPSC Jihad’ show

Notice also issued to the Centre, UPSC, Sudarshan News channel and its Editor-in-Chief Chavhanke

Image Courtesy:hindi.thequint.com

The Delhi High Court has put the brakes on Suresh Chavhanke’s plan to air on his Sudarshan News channel a show that alleged that there had been an “infiltration of Muslims” in India’s civil services. On Friday afternoon, The Delhi High Court ordered a stay on the broadcast of this show, which was being advertised by Chavhanke on social media, using hashtags such as ‘UPSC Jihad’. According to the the petitioners, this was done to defame, attack and incite hatred against Jamia Milia Islamia, its alumni and the Muslim community at large, reported The Leaflet. Advocate Shadan Farasat appeared for the petitioners.

According to the report, the stay was ordered by a single-judge bench presided by Justice Navin Chawla, who issued a restraint order against the broadcast on a plea filed by former and current students of Jamia Millia Islamia University. The judge also issued notice to the Centre, UPSC, Sudarshan News channel and its Editor-in-Chief Chavhanke. The matter will be heard on September 7.

The plea contended that Suresh Chavhanke openly engaged in hate speech and defamation against students of Jamia Milia Islamia and the Muslim community, stated the news report, adding that he claimed that the success of Jamia Milia Islamia students in the Civil Services examination 2020 represents a conspiracy to infiltrate the civil service by Muslims. Chavhanke, stated the petitioner, incited his target non-Muslim audience by fearmongering that “jihadis” or “terrorists” from Jamia Milia Islamia will soon hold positions of authority and power.

According to the plea, the proposed broadcast along with the trailer violated the programme code set out under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, read with the Cable Television Networks Rules 1994, reported The Leaflet. The petitioners asserted that the show also constituted hate speech and criminal defamation and is an offence under Sections 153A(1) [Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony],153B(1) [Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration], 295A [Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs] and 499 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.

While Jamia Millia Islamia had written to the Union Education Ministry asking them to take action against Sudarshan News channel and its editor-in-chief Chavhanke for “tarnishing” the image of the university, the V-C Najma Akhtar told The Indian Express that the university was not likely to go to court over the issue. She told IE that Chavhanke had given a new “secular definition” of jihadi, adding that, “We don’t want to give them too much importance. As far as our students are concerned, 30 students from RCA were selected this time out of which 16 are Muslims and 14 are Hindus. Since they were all called jihadis, it means 16 were Muslim jihadis and 14 others were Hindu jihadis. India has been given a new secular definition of jihadis.”

The IE reported that Chavhanke maintained his stand and said he wanted to ask, “how their (Muslim) numbers are increasing in civil services. It’s because of them being given back door favour, option of choosing Islamist studies, Urdu language, etc. If my show is found unconstitutional or doesn’t meet the standard of broadcast authority, then let there be action against me.”

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Who is protecting, encouraging and funding hate speech maker Suresh Chavhanke?

Multiple central service associations, senior officers, concerned citizens have sought action against him, once again 

28 Aug 2020

Suresh Chavhanke, the hate speech specialist

Make no mistake, Suresh Chavhanke, the hate speech specialist who runs Noida-based Sudarshan News channel is not bothered by the way he is lampooned on social media daily. He thrives on the mileage it gets him, and possibly enchashes into the TRPs his ‘news’ channel desperately needs. It gets curious eyeballs to the ‘news’ shows he anchors. The English speaking social media user is not his target audience, however, he uses it more like free advertising, to stay in the eyes of the politicians he hopes notice him. He knows he has patronage that will keep him out of jail even though he is clearly flouting multiple laws, on a daily basis when he whips up rhetoric that can create massive communal tension. 

However, this time, the man whose trademark is communal hate speech, may have bitten off more than he can chew. He has targeted the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), India's central recruiting agency, which selects and appoints officers to The Indian Police, Administrative, Foreign, Revenue, Information, and all other All India services and group A & group B of Central services.

Chavhanke, posted video clips of his upcoming ‘news/investigation’ shows where he has openly targetted the Muslim community, accusing them of “infiltration”  into the central government services. He has stuck to his old script and called it "UPSC Jihad" . He claims to have an ‘expose’ into the allegations and will air the "investigation" in a series of ‘shows’ which he presents from Friday August 28 onwards. He also faithfully tags the Prime Minister’s handle @narendramodi and @RSSorg, the handle of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which calls itself a “Indian right-wing, Hindu nationalist, paramilitary volunteer organisation”. Chavanke also almost calls himself all of that.  Tagging them in his personal tweets is perhaps his way of telling social media users who his “mentors” and inspirations are.

Soon after he posted “expose of Muslim infiltration in the biggest positions of the executive…” 

 

 

Scores of central government officers condemned his crass fake allegations, and his clearly criminal words and intentions. According to Somesh Upadhyay, IAS, “this evil and preposterous proposition is coming from not any factual evidence or even a logical conjecture but from a place of hatred. It must be condemned unequivocally.”

 

 

The Indian Police Service (IPS) Association posted: “A news story targeting candidates in civil services on the basis of religion is being promoted by Sudarshan TV. We condemn the communal and irresponsible piece of journalism.”

https://twitter.com/ips_association/status/1298901884585951234?s=12

 

 

Senior IPS officer Arun Bothra said, “This is an utterly shameful & dangerous attempt to divide the civil services on religious lines. As civil servants we all have only one identity - Indians.” https://twitter.com/search?q=arun+bothra+ips&ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Esearch

Noor Rahman Sheikh, an IFS officer, stated that he cleared the UPSC Exams thrice- in 1997 for NDA; 2003- IRS; 2004- IFS, and that “it is most transparent & high quality institution. One’s religion plays no role in the selection process but merit & integrity of the candidates. Condemnation & action against those suspecting UPSC.”

 

 

The Indian Police Foundation (IPF) called for action against Chavhanke for his hate and “dangerous bigotry”. They refrained from retweeting the clip, and hoped that the “News Broadcasting Standards Authority, UP Police and concerned authorities take strict action.” 

 

 

Service associations and senior civil services officers, both serving and retired, have also sought action against Suresh Chavhanke, who also named acclaimed central universities such as Jamia Millia Islamia as "jihad" centres. “Imagine if the ‘jihadi of Jamia’ will be your district collectors and secretaries in ministries, what will happen then?” he asked. 

Maybe no one has told him that Jamia Millia Islamia has topped the list of central universities released by the Ministry of Education. Meanwhile, the university will now approach the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting seeking action against the channel. The Jamia Teachers’ Association has also sought that an FIR be lodged against the man responsible for airing hate speech in the garb of ‘news investigation’. Jamia Millia Islamia's Residential Coaching Academy provides free coaching, and hostel facilities to civil services aspirants, it is exclusively open for candidates belonging to minority, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe category. 

This is the press statement by Jamia Teachers’ Association:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/la_jqC1q5CU6NDdAMfniWUZIGkTknitx5F89OjHBN_SBT1CfQ5SFy6hMtiWFGfYYJ7pjmzMYL4RSqG_cBnj02ZQdnm4kNjraiPaLJUVr8fu_F7pqCaWVxIzm3GMV5v6WMfERD8Hd

Concerned citizens groups have also written to non chief ministers of non BJP led states, appealing to them that an  FIR be lodged against Suresh Chavhanke for his “hate speech against India”. The appeal is addressed to, Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister, Maharashtra; Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister, West Bengal; Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister, Rajasthan; Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister, Chattisgarh; Captain Amrinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab; Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Kerala; and Hemant Soren, Chief Minister, Jharkhand.

It asks them to note that Chavanke’s video, and social media posts are an “assault on India’s most revered institutions, on the impartial nature of the UPSC examinations, on our society’s inclusive ethos, on the citizens of the country, and on India itself. These words mirror the hate speech that has been historically seen to precede social unrest and violence. They have no place in a progressive and peaceful society.”

Chavanke’s words violate 153A, 153B, 504, 505(1), 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code and S.67 of I.T. Act, states the letter and asks that action be taken. The appeal has been signed “We, the citizens of India.”

According to transparency rights activist Saket Gokhale, Chavanke’s Sudarshan News channel is registered at Shirdi in Maharashtra. Gokhale has filed a case with the Judicial Magistrate, Ahmednagar for registering FIR against Chavhanke. He has also asked other citizens to report this.

 

 

However it is almost a given that Chavanke is basking in the attention, and is confident that he will get away with what is still being called bigoted hate speech by thousands. He gets this confidence because he has been ignored when he was called out the last time he did something like this. According to a 2017 news report in the Indian Express,  Chavhanke had been held for ‘promoting enmity’ and was “proud of it.” 

Chavanke had launched Sudarshan News in 2005 in Pune and later shifted to Noida to make it a “national news channel” — owned by him and his family. He had said he joined and began attending the RSS shakhas or meeting when he was just “three” years old, and has been a loyal Sangh member since, and worked as a ‘reporter’ for the pro-RSS daily Tarun Bharat, before becoming what he is today.

In 2017, he had been detained at Lucknow airport and arrested for allegedly promoting religious enmity through his show Bindas Bol, which was on Sambhal becoming a “centre of terrorism” and its alleged links to Al Qaeda, reported the IE. It quoted local police stating that “his show had disturbed the atmosphere”, and that the situation worsened when he announced his visit to the area on April 13 2017 following “a threat by local imam and Congress leader Itrat Hussain Babar to ‘behead’” him if he went there”. The IE reported that the area remained  “tense following Chavhanke’s shows, prompting the state government to replace the police superintendent. The arrest came after an FIR was filed on April 10 against Chavhanke under the new SP.  “The FIR was filed on the basis of what he showed on the channel, provoking religious fanaticism, disturbing social harmony,” SP Ravi Shankar Chhabi told The Indian Express then.

However, Chavhanke himself told The Indian Express over phone “that the arrest confirmed that “there is no coordination between the government and administration”.” He said that “Nine ministers had said on camera that I should visit Sambhal. As usual, the administration bowed before Muslims. This administration is still not of the BJP”.

It is yet to be seen if Chavhanke’s friends and mentors will continue protecting, and promoting him by remaining oblivious to the allegations against him, this time too.


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Who is protecting, encouraging and funding hate speech maker Suresh Chavhanke?

Multiple central service associations, senior officers, concerned citizens have sought action against him, once again 

Suresh Chavhanke, the hate speech specialist

Make no mistake, Suresh Chavhanke, the hate speech specialist who runs Noida-based Sudarshan News channel is not bothered by the way he is lampooned on social media daily. He thrives on the mileage it gets him, and possibly enchashes into the TRPs his ‘news’ channel desperately needs. It gets curious eyeballs to the ‘news’ shows he anchors. The English speaking social media user is not his target audience, however, he uses it more like free advertising, to stay in the eyes of the politicians he hopes notice him. He knows he has patronage that will keep him out of jail even though he is clearly flouting multiple laws, on a daily basis when he whips up rhetoric that can create massive communal tension. 

However, this time, the man whose trademark is communal hate speech, may have bitten off more than he can chew. He has targeted the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), India's central recruiting agency, which selects and appoints officers to The Indian Police, Administrative, Foreign, Revenue, Information, and all other All India services and group A & group B of Central services.

Chavhanke, posted video clips of his upcoming ‘news/investigation’ shows where he has openly targetted the Muslim community, accusing them of “infiltration”  into the central government services. He has stuck to his old script and called it "UPSC Jihad" . He claims to have an ‘expose’ into the allegations and will air the "investigation" in a series of ‘shows’ which he presents from Friday August 28 onwards. He also faithfully tags the Prime Minister’s handle @narendramodi and @RSSorg, the handle of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which calls itself a “Indian right-wing, Hindu nationalist, paramilitary volunteer organisation”. Chavanke also almost calls himself all of that.  Tagging them in his personal tweets is perhaps his way of telling social media users who his “mentors” and inspirations are.

Soon after he posted “expose of Muslim infiltration in the biggest positions of the executive…” 

 

 

Scores of central government officers condemned his crass fake allegations, and his clearly criminal words and intentions. According to Somesh Upadhyay, IAS, “this evil and preposterous proposition is coming from not any factual evidence or even a logical conjecture but from a place of hatred. It must be condemned unequivocally.”

 

 

The Indian Police Service (IPS) Association posted: “A news story targeting candidates in civil services on the basis of religion is being promoted by Sudarshan TV. We condemn the communal and irresponsible piece of journalism.”

https://twitter.com/ips_association/status/1298901884585951234?s=12

 

 

Senior IPS officer Arun Bothra said, “This is an utterly shameful & dangerous attempt to divide the civil services on religious lines. As civil servants we all have only one identity - Indians.” https://twitter.com/search?q=arun+bothra+ips&ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Esearch

Noor Rahman Sheikh, an IFS officer, stated that he cleared the UPSC Exams thrice- in 1997 for NDA; 2003- IRS; 2004- IFS, and that “it is most transparent & high quality institution. One’s religion plays no role in the selection process but merit & integrity of the candidates. Condemnation & action against those suspecting UPSC.”

 

 

The Indian Police Foundation (IPF) called for action against Chavhanke for his hate and “dangerous bigotry”. They refrained from retweeting the clip, and hoped that the “News Broadcasting Standards Authority, UP Police and concerned authorities take strict action.” 

 

 

Service associations and senior civil services officers, both serving and retired, have also sought action against Suresh Chavhanke, who also named acclaimed central universities such as Jamia Millia Islamia as "jihad" centres. “Imagine if the ‘jihadi of Jamia’ will be your district collectors and secretaries in ministries, what will happen then?” he asked. 

Maybe no one has told him that Jamia Millia Islamia has topped the list of central universities released by the Ministry of Education. Meanwhile, the university will now approach the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting seeking action against the channel. The Jamia Teachers’ Association has also sought that an FIR be lodged against the man responsible for airing hate speech in the garb of ‘news investigation’. Jamia Millia Islamia's Residential Coaching Academy provides free coaching, and hostel facilities to civil services aspirants, it is exclusively open for candidates belonging to minority, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe category. 

This is the press statement by Jamia Teachers’ Association:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/la_jqC1q5CU6NDdAMfniWUZIGkTknitx5F89OjHBN_SBT1CfQ5SFy6hMtiWFGfYYJ7pjmzMYL4RSqG_cBnj02ZQdnm4kNjraiPaLJUVr8fu_F7pqCaWVxIzm3GMV5v6WMfERD8Hd

Concerned citizens groups have also written to non chief ministers of non BJP led states, appealing to them that an  FIR be lodged against Suresh Chavhanke for his “hate speech against India”. The appeal is addressed to, Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister, Maharashtra; Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister, West Bengal; Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister, Rajasthan; Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister, Chattisgarh; Captain Amrinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab; Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Kerala; and Hemant Soren, Chief Minister, Jharkhand.

It asks them to note that Chavanke’s video, and social media posts are an “assault on India’s most revered institutions, on the impartial nature of the UPSC examinations, on our society’s inclusive ethos, on the citizens of the country, and on India itself. These words mirror the hate speech that has been historically seen to precede social unrest and violence. They have no place in a progressive and peaceful society.”

Chavanke’s words violate 153A, 153B, 504, 505(1), 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code and S.67 of I.T. Act, states the letter and asks that action be taken. The appeal has been signed “We, the citizens of India.”

According to transparency rights activist Saket Gokhale, Chavanke’s Sudarshan News channel is registered at Shirdi in Maharashtra. Gokhale has filed a case with the Judicial Magistrate, Ahmednagar for registering FIR against Chavhanke. He has also asked other citizens to report this.

 

 

However it is almost a given that Chavanke is basking in the attention, and is confident that he will get away with what is still being called bigoted hate speech by thousands. He gets this confidence because he has been ignored when he was called out the last time he did something like this. According to a 2017 news report in the Indian Express,  Chavhanke had been held for ‘promoting enmity’ and was “proud of it.” 

Chavanke had launched Sudarshan News in 2005 in Pune and later shifted to Noida to make it a “national news channel” — owned by him and his family. He had said he joined and began attending the RSS shakhas or meeting when he was just “three” years old, and has been a loyal Sangh member since, and worked as a ‘reporter’ for the pro-RSS daily Tarun Bharat, before becoming what he is today.

In 2017, he had been detained at Lucknow airport and arrested for allegedly promoting religious enmity through his show Bindas Bol, which was on Sambhal becoming a “centre of terrorism” and its alleged links to Al Qaeda, reported the IE. It quoted local police stating that “his show had disturbed the atmosphere”, and that the situation worsened when he announced his visit to the area on April 13 2017 following “a threat by local imam and Congress leader Itrat Hussain Babar to ‘behead’” him if he went there”. The IE reported that the area remained  “tense following Chavhanke’s shows, prompting the state government to replace the police superintendent. The arrest came after an FIR was filed on April 10 against Chavhanke under the new SP.  “The FIR was filed on the basis of what he showed on the channel, provoking religious fanaticism, disturbing social harmony,” SP Ravi Shankar Chhabi told The Indian Express then.

However, Chavhanke himself told The Indian Express over phone “that the arrest confirmed that “there is no coordination between the government and administration”.” He said that “Nine ministers had said on camera that I should visit Sambhal. As usual, the administration bowed before Muslims. This administration is still not of the BJP”.

It is yet to be seen if Chavhanke’s friends and mentors will continue protecting, and promoting him by remaining oblivious to the allegations against him, this time too.


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Bulandshahr violence: Fake news peddler Suresh Chavhanke attacks Muslims

04 Dec 2018

Monday’s violence has barely been contained in the west UP village and RSS backed Sudarshan TV owner Suresh Chavhanke has already started stoking communal fires.  


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Bulandshahr: Monday’s violence has barely been contained in the west UP village and RSS backed Sudarshan TV owner Suresh Chavhanke has already started stoking communal fires.  
 
In a series of tweets, Chavhanke linked the violence in Mahaw village, where a policeman was killed by an angry mob, to the peaceful congregation of Muslim devotees in Bulandshahr. About 10 lakh Muslim devotees have gathered in the town for Ijtema, an integral part of Tablighi Jamaat. Monday was the last day of the gathering.
 
In one tweet, he wrote that the violence had erupted because local residents objected to cow slaughter taking place in the congregation. He urged his followers to watch Sudarshan TV for updates on ‘lathicharge, burning, firing and deaths.’
 
His subsequent tweet read, “After the controversy over Bulandshahr Ijtema, many school children are stuck and crying. People are stuck in forests, frightened inside their homes. This is what local residents told Sudarshan TV in live conversations.”
 


Bulandshahr Police exposed his lies and, in a tweet, asked him to stop spreading fake news. “Please don’t spread misinformation. This incident is not linked to the Ijtema procession in any way. The Ijtema concluded peacefully. The current incident happened 45-50 kilometres away from where the Ijtema was held. Some rowdy elements are the perpetrators of this incident. Statutory action is being taken in the case,” the police outfit tweeted from their official handle.


 
Despite this, Chavhanke has not removed his post.  
 
He was arrested in April for spreading hate amongst communities, damaging social peace, hurting religious sentiments and spreading fake news and rumours through his news channel. He was let go soon after. He was also accused of sexual harassment by a former woman employee.
 
“Suresh Chavhanke, the CMD of Sudarshan News, said he was just three when he joined the RSS and began attending its shakhas. He was with the Sangh for the next 20 years, reporting for pro-RSS daily Tarun Bharat and holding various posts in the organisation before becoming a full-time journalist for the “nation,” reported the Indian Express. 


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Bulandshahr violence: Fake news peddler Suresh Chavhanke attacks Muslims

Monday’s violence has barely been contained in the west UP village and RSS backed Sudarshan TV owner Suresh Chavhanke has already started stoking communal fires.  


Suresh Chavhanke
 
Bulandshahr: Monday’s violence has barely been contained in the west UP village and RSS backed Sudarshan TV owner Suresh Chavhanke has already started stoking communal fires.  
 
In a series of tweets, Chavhanke linked the violence in Mahaw village, where a policeman was killed by an angry mob, to the peaceful congregation of Muslim devotees in Bulandshahr. About 10 lakh Muslim devotees have gathered in the town for Ijtema, an integral part of Tablighi Jamaat. Monday was the last day of the gathering.
 
In one tweet, he wrote that the violence had erupted because local residents objected to cow slaughter taking place in the congregation. He urged his followers to watch Sudarshan TV for updates on ‘lathicharge, burning, firing and deaths.’
 
His subsequent tweet read, “After the controversy over Bulandshahr Ijtema, many school children are stuck and crying. People are stuck in forests, frightened inside their homes. This is what local residents told Sudarshan TV in live conversations.”
 


Bulandshahr Police exposed his lies and, in a tweet, asked him to stop spreading fake news. “Please don’t spread misinformation. This incident is not linked to the Ijtema procession in any way. The Ijtema concluded peacefully. The current incident happened 45-50 kilometres away from where the Ijtema was held. Some rowdy elements are the perpetrators of this incident. Statutory action is being taken in the case,” the police outfit tweeted from their official handle.


 
Despite this, Chavhanke has not removed his post.  
 
He was arrested in April for spreading hate amongst communities, damaging social peace, hurting religious sentiments and spreading fake news and rumours through his news channel. He was let go soon after. He was also accused of sexual harassment by a former woman employee.
 
“Suresh Chavhanke, the CMD of Sudarshan News, said he was just three when he joined the RSS and began attending its shakhas. He was with the Sangh for the next 20 years, reporting for pro-RSS daily Tarun Bharat and holding various posts in the organisation before becoming a full-time journalist for the “nation,” reported the Indian Express. 


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UP Police Registers FIR Against Sudharshan Channel

11 Apr 2017
An FIR was today registered against the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Managing Director (CMD) of a news channel for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion.



Accused of promoting enmity between different religious and ethnic groups, an FIR has been lodged against Sudarshan channel under various sections of IPC, reports PTI. The sections invoked include those dealing with promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth and over content to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public and other sections, Sambhal police station SHO, Brijmohan Giri said. The channel is known to be one of the media mouthpieces of persons closely allied to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)

Provisions related to deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion and Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2000, have also been invoked, he said.
 
It has been alleged that the channel had telecast a programme in which its Editor-in-Chief and CMD Suresh Chavhanke dished out objectionable content because of which tension prevailed in the city.The FIR was registered by the SHO when the matter was raised during a meeting of the Peace Committee on April 9, in which prominent citizens pointed out the programme telecast between April 6 to April 8.

When contacted for its response, the channel said that it condemned any attempt to suppress and intimidate the media.

“We condemn any act to suppress and the intimidate the media. To protest this I will reach Sambhal on April 13,” a statement issued by Chavhanke said. In November last year, a former female employee of the RSS-leaning Sudarshan News Network had alleged that  Chavhanke raped and molested her besides indulging in criminal intimidation.
 

UP Police Registers FIR Against Sudharshan Channel

An FIR was today registered against the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Managing Director (CMD) of a news channel for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion.



Accused of promoting enmity between different religious and ethnic groups, an FIR has been lodged against Sudarshan channel under various sections of IPC, reports PTI. The sections invoked include those dealing with promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth and over content to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public and other sections, Sambhal police station SHO, Brijmohan Giri said. The channel is known to be one of the media mouthpieces of persons closely allied to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)

Provisions related to deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion and Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2000, have also been invoked, he said.
 
It has been alleged that the channel had telecast a programme in which its Editor-in-Chief and CMD Suresh Chavhanke dished out objectionable content because of which tension prevailed in the city.The FIR was registered by the SHO when the matter was raised during a meeting of the Peace Committee on April 9, in which prominent citizens pointed out the programme telecast between April 6 to April 8.

When contacted for its response, the channel said that it condemned any attempt to suppress and intimidate the media.

“We condemn any act to suppress and the intimidate the media. To protest this I will reach Sambhal on April 13,” a statement issued by Chavhanke said. In November last year, a former female employee of the RSS-leaning Sudarshan News Network had alleged that  Chavhanke raped and molested her besides indulging in criminal intimidation.
 

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