TV channel boss gets bail in fake sting operation case

May 29th, 2008 - 8:47 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) A city court Thursday granted bail to the chief executive officer of Live India news channel for airing a fake sting operation that showed a government school teacher allegedly running a prostitution racket. Metropolitan Magistrate Naveen Arora granted bail to channel boss Sudhir Chaudhary after he appeared before the court and furnished a surety and a personal bond of Rs.10,000 each.

The undercover operation, aired Aug 30, showed Uma Khurana, a mathematics teacher at Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in central Delhi, running a prostitution racket involving students.

Immediately after the channel aired the video footage of the sting, 41-year-old Khurana was arrested on charges of immoral trafficking, was badly abused and assaulted by a mob, and later was dismissed from the government service.

A week later, the sting was found to be a hoax as the woman shown as a student and a prostitution racket victim turned out to be an aspiring journalist. The channel’s reporter Prakash Singh, who carried out the operation, was also arrested Sep 8 last year.

A trial court later absolved Khurana of all charges.

Khurana filed a defamation suit against Live India, holding it responsible for putting her through “mental agony, humiliation and harassment”.

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