A journalist has reported on low-quality PPE kits that are being supplied to colleges and hospitals in the state, and now, he has been interrogated by the Special Task Force of the state’s police. He belongs to Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
On April 17, Manish Pandey of News1 India, a Hindi news channel, broke the story of a letter sent by the Directorate General of Medical Education and Training, Uttar Pradesh, to bureaucrats in the state’s medical education department on April 13. The letter talked about the non-meeting of the required quality PPEs that were being supplied to eight medical colleges and hospitals in the state.
The letter clearly stated that the length of the kits’ gowns was incompetent by set parameters.
The special task force has been constantly asking Pandey for the name of the source who has leaked information. However, he has not revealed any information.
As per the report by Newslaundry, Pandey told them that the STF had not misbehaved with him. Further, he told me that he was being asked about the sources and his contacts over tea. These interrogations must be held officially and he should be served a notice first, said Pandey.
As reported by Newslaundry that upon being asked why he thought he was interrogated by the STF, Pandey said that the story had caused embarrassment to the state government. “It was also amplified by the Samajwadi Party and the Congress party on social media, who demanded a high-level investigation in the matter,” he added.
In a News1 India segment on Friday, the channel’s editorial team expressed surprise that the Adityanath government seemed keener on finding the person who leaked the letter to Pandey than investigating officials who procure inferior quality PPE kits.
According to the reports of Newslaundry, they spoke to ASP Singh of the Special Task Force, who denied any summoning of Pandey for an interrogation. “I just called him over for tea for 5-10 minutes,” Singh alleged, contrary to the journalist’s claim that the meeting went for nearly an hour. ASP further said that Pandey has not been called for interrogation and that they were talking to many journalists to find out the source who has leaked the letter.