Pahlaj Nihalani’s Police Complaint Against The Reporter Of Mirror Now
Pahlaj Nihalani who is the current Director of Central Board of Film Certification under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India has filed a police complaint at the Girgaum police station against reporter Himanshi Chaudhary of Mirror Now for harassment, intimidation, and breach of privacy, reports India Times. This new blow against the media by Censor board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani has raised several questions amidst the already shaky equation between the media and Pahlaj Nihalani.
It seems like our censor board chief always end up attracting controversies, like who could forget the time when he wanted to censor the word ‘intercourse’ from the trailer of SRK and Anushka’s ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ and the Babumoshai Bandookbaaz controversy.
Nihalani’s written complaint read’s “Whenever she sees me, she enters into the lift with me and switches on her camera and continuously pesters me to speak while I choose to remain silent. She portrays me in a derogatory and humiliating manner on television and is blotting my image.”
The complaint report by censor board chief further quotes that “SHE HAS BEEN CONTINUOUSLY HARASSING ME IN MY OFFICE BUILDING PREMISES BLOCKING MY WAY AND NOT ALLOWING ME TO ENTER THE LIFT, EXCEEDING ALL LEVELS OF COURTEOUS BEHAVIOUR.
AND BULLYING THE SECURITY GUARDS AND OFFICE STAFF INTO LETTING HER ENTER MY OFFICE. SHE IS INTRUDING INTO MY PRIVACY BY SHOWING MY FOOTAGE.”
When The Quint spoke with the Mirror Now Editor Faye D’Souza about the incident, she called Pahlaj Nihalani’s tactics “laughable” and she further added that, “A reporter asking questions doesn’t amount to harassing. If Mr Nihalani thinks that by filing a complaint against the reporter he can intimidate the reporter or Mirror Now, he is mistaken. Using tactics like this is laughable. We will be putting out the whole video shortly. It was Mr Pahlaj Nihalani who went on the offensive. He intimidated the 23-year-old reporter and not the other way round. He grabbed her by the arm, waved his fingers at her and misbehaved.”
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Mirror Now might be releasing the complete footage of the incident to reveal what really happened.