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Prasar Bharati to take a call on Monday about probe into Narendra Modi interview

Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 6:01pm IST | Agency: PTI

The decision on whether a probe is needed or not into the row surrounding an interview of BJP leader Narendra Modi by Doordarshan will be taken by Prasar Bharati on Monday.

"We will look at papers on Monday and take a call," Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar told PTI when asked if the public broadcaster was planning to initiate an inquiry.

Prasar Bharati supervises the functioning of Doordarshan and the All India Radio.

DD had on April 26 interviewed BJP's prime ministerial candidate Modi at Gandhinagar and then telecast it the next day.

However, remarks made by Modi on Priyanka Gandhi and his claims of proximity with Ahmed Patel were edited out by DD, but became public through the social media, triggering a row.

Sircar had himself written a letter to Prasar Bharati board members saying that following the interview questions had been raised about the "impartiality" of the Public broadcaster.

DD News which had telecast the interview had however maintained that "there was no deliberate editing or omission of any portion of interview."

"Wherever editing was done was for technical reasons and during post production. There was no interference or control from any authority in the entire process," it had said in a statement.

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