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At the India Today conclave telecast on Headlines Today on Friday night Arvind Kejriwal did not have quite the easy passage he had on Facebook Talks Live on NDTV. There were aggressive questions he could not answer, or answered lamely, about Somnath Bharti's business interests and things he did not do during his CM stint. Luckily for him, this lot did not ask the question that was being asked at the same time on Times Now-- whose private jet did he use for his trip to Gujarat?
On March 1, several Mumbai dailies carried pieces praising Cong leader Gurudas Kamat, crediting him the day after the Maharashtra govt legalised slums that came up in Mumbai between 1995 and 2000. Though the articles read like a political ad they weren't marked so. Kamat has rubbished the allegations and told the Indian Express that "he knows the rules".
As Sahara chief Subroto Roy was arrested on Tuesday, the flagship channel owned by Sahara Group, Sahara Samay, blacked out the coverage of the event. Five other regional channels owned by Sahara also did the same. When the Indian Express asked, a senior editor based in Delhi said: “Why are you surprised? Which media organisation will cover the arrest of its proprietor?”
The dates and scams are different, and the faces and middle names of the of the two Ketan Parekhs are different. Even so, while the Times of India explained the confusion, Mumbai Mirror, DNA and the Hindustan Times went ahead merrily and carried majorly mixed up reports on the latest Ketan Parekh to be convicted in a financial scam. HT even carried a picture of the wrong man.