Lalit Modi Demands Contract for Times Now interview
The tainted IPL chief said Times Now will not get an interview without a contract, to which the channel refused.
Lalit Modi seems to be the man of the season. Many top journalists from the country are flying to or have already flown to Montenegro in Europe to interview the former IPL boss who is in the eye of a storm after it was revealed that External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj asked British authorities to examine his travel request as his passport was revoked by India over money-laundering charges.
India Today has already telecast an interview that Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai did with Lalit Modi, while other channels are waiting in line for their turn.
But it seems Lalit Modi is upset with one channel and has insisted on a legal contract to grant an interview. Sources say Lalit Modi has told Times Now, the channel that is turning out to be his nemesis that he will not do an interview unless a legal contract is signed, that too as per British law. He has also insisted that any interview he gives cannot be aired in any altered format.
Lalit Modi has in fact told the channel’s representative that an interview is not happening “this lifetime” without a “water-tight contract”.
“Arnab cannot pose questions without the contract”.
— Lalit Modi
Indian media does not follow the practise of signing legal contracts for interviews, and here Lalit Modi has reportedly insisted on a contract under British law. So all of you who were waiting for a fiery session between Arnab Goswami and Lalit Modi will need to wait longer unless one party relents.
We wonder if other Indian news channels have signed any such contract with Lalit Modi, or this demand was reserved only for Times Now.
(Dhanya Rajendran is a journalist with The News Minute)
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