Jamia Alumni Association files police complaint against Sudarshan TV Editor

Aug 28, 2020

New Delhi: The Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) on Friday filed a police complaint against Noida based Sudarshan TV channel Editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke for his TV’s highly objectionable content in a TV promo and demanded immediate action against him under the relevant laws.

The Association filed the complaint in Jamia Nagar Police station in South East Delhi in which it said that the promotional tweets were dangerous for the integrity of the country as they aimed at dividing the people of the country on the basis of religion.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Friday stayed the broadcast of the show and issued a notice on a petition of Jamia students against Sudarshan TV’s upcoming show on Muslims clearing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, also temporarily stayed the broadcast of the show.

The TV show had questions about the students of JMI who cleared the UPSC exam after training at Jamia’s Residential Coaching Academy, the complaint said.

On Thursday, Jamia Teachers Association had condemned the TV show and demanded that the university Administration file a defamation suit against it. Jamia Millia Islamia wrote to the Education Ministry, informing it about the issue and requesting it to take appropriate action.

“Sudarshan TV has not only tried to tarnish the image of the university and a particular community but that of the Union Public Service Commission too,” Ahmed Azeem, Jamia Millia islamia PRO said.

Sudarshan TV, in a promo anchored by its Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke, was seen raising questions about the entry of Muslims into the bureaucracy through the UPSC exam.

Chavhanke had also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the RSS with his tweets on August 25.

He described Muslims as “intruders” into the bureaucracy,  and  questioned how members of the community are clearing the civil services exam in large numbers. He referred to students of Jamia’s Residential Coaching Academy as “Jihadis of Jamia” and created the hashtag UPSC_Jihad.

As many as 30 students who had received training at Jamia’s Residential Coaching Academy had  cleared the UPSC Civil Services Exam of 2019. Almost half of them are non-Muslims.

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