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Times Now journalist quits over Essar leaks: Dares detractors to prove allegations

March03/ 2015

Times Now’s Deputy News editor Meetu Jain, who was named in the Essar leaks, has resigned from the organization and her resignation has been accepted.


Last week,  The Indian Express published a report about the Essar group having allegedly  attempted to cultivate journalists in a bid to get them to report favourably  about the group’s business activities. Following this, Hindustan Times editor  Energy Editor Anupama Airy and Editor of Mail Today Sandeep Bamzai also  resigned.

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Meetu Jain’s  name finds a mention in the cache of emails leaked by an Essar employee and one  of the emails said that a car had been arranged for her on October 5, 2012 for ‘local  use in Delhi’. Meetu Jain, who was then working with CNN-IBN, had rejected this  outright. Her current employer Times Now had told The News Minute that they  have referred the incident to the Management Committee and a show cause notice  has been issued to her. Both Jain and Airy preferred to resign, though their organisations had initiated enquiry.

In an email written last Friday to HT’s Chief Editorial and Content Officer Nicholas Dawes and Editor-in-Chief Sanjoy Narayan, Anupama Airy admits that she had taken the cab, but for a third person, and has raised serious allegations against others in the organization.

The newspaper however, denied these allegations.

She had said in the email that she requested the cab services as help from a friend she has known for years, and not on a professional basis as a journalist seeking favours from a company.

She says she wished to understand how, “what I have done for a friend has amounted to taking a favour while what I have been doing for my bosses and asked to do for the organisation doesn’t amount to taking a favour”.

Meetu Jain said on Twitter:


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