TELGI VIDEO LEAKED TO MEDIA – UNHOLY NEXUS BETWEEN POLICE AND MEDIA: Are cops selling video/photos of interrogations to the highest bidder in media?

Telgi interrogation leaked to media by greedy cops?HEIGHTS OF SLEAZY MEDIA:Greedy cops selling interrogation videos to news hungry media?

In what must be one of the most disgusting “exclusive” on TVs, viewers in Karnataka and beyond were subjected to video of stamp paper scam accused Abdul Karim Lala Telgi undergoing narco analysis test. Telgi may be a criminal and public may be interested to know names of politicians and police officers who were in his pocket. But whatever happenned to confidential nature of police interrogation and what kind of media ethics it is to show footage of a person undergoing involuntary interrogation under the influence of drugs?

We here at this blog have always suspected about the nexus between some corrupt police officials and media. And this appears to be a conclusive proof – within hours of narco-analysis test on Telgi, video taped by cops was on the air. Telgi may be a bad guy – but what kind of low lives are these police and media who air these type of footage when someone has been involuntarily made to lose control of his senses? What kind of creepy journalism is this?

For those who missed the TV footage here are some stills from the video aired.

We saw Telgi being led to the test room in the hospital

Telgi interrogation - why are cops leaking interrogation video to media?

Telgi being given “truth serum” or in plain words, drugs

Telgi interrogation - why are cops leaking interrogation video to media?

Telgi being slapped around to prevent him going into totally unconscious state

Telgi interrogation - why are cops leaking interrogation video to media?

Interrogation continues:

Telgi interrogation - why are cops leaking interrogation video to media?

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There are many things wrong here:

* Police interrogation is supposed to be confidential in nature. Why is it being aired on a private channel?

* Medical staff who conducted these tests are now exposed due to airing of the video and one can imagine the threat they will face – now that everyone knows who are these doctors and special detectives. Especially when Mumbai blast suspects are being interrogated by the same staff, there is indeed a danger of criminals taking their misplaced anger on these medical staff to prevent interrogation.

* We have covered in this blog on sleazy media. This is yet another proof that when it comes to ratings war, media can go to any length. Journalism/photography 1-0-1 tells that one should not take photo/videos of people who are sleeping or under the influence. In this case Telgi is undergoing involuntary drug test and that is being broadcast by sleazy media?

* Finally, when police can’t even such important footage confidential – how can we trust them when it comes to keeping other confidential information they have by virtue of intelligence etc? What next – will they be selling data on which houses are locked to burglars? Or selling information to dacoits on houses in wealthy localities? Or sell interrogation of prostitutes – afterall there is sleazy hungry media which is willing to shell money as long as there are corrupt cops who sell these confidential information?

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3 Comments on “TELGI VIDEO LEAKED TO MEDIA – UNHOLY NEXUS BETWEEN POLICE AND MEDIA: Are cops selling video/photos of interrogations to the highest bidder in media?”

  1. Krishna Pai Says:

    You have some good points. I think irrespective of whether Telgi was a criminal or not – it is not right for the police to release these footage to private TV channels.

  2. D.R.Rao Says:

    Some police officers have their pet journalists’ cell phone on speed dial. When someone calls police station some police instead of helping the callers call journalists and photographers! That is the state of nexus between police and media now. So I am not really surprised with this development. D.R.Rao, Sharjah

  3. Kirthi Mendonza Dubai Says:

    If you are so against airing of such footage, why are you publishing photos of the same?????

    EDITOR’S RESPONSE: This blog has readers from all over the world. We published some photos so that readers can get an idea on what kind of footage was aired. Hope that clarifies our stand on the issue.


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