ब्लैकमेलिंग के आरोपों में आजतक न्यूज चैनल से निकाले गए भुप्पी

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भूपेंद्र नारायण सिंह भुप्पी को आजतक न्यूज चैनल ने ब्लैकमेलिंग के गंभीर आरोपों के कारण चैनल से चलता कर दिया है. भुप्पी पर हिमाचल प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री धूमल से पैसे उगाहने के लिए दबाव बनाने का आरोप है. भुप्पी आजतक का पंजाब, हरियाणा और हिमाचल का ब्यूरो चीफ है. सूत्रों का कहना है कि भुप्पी की आडियो सीडी हिमाचल के सीएम ने आजतक के मालिक अरुण पुरी के पास भेज दिया जिसके बाद चैनल ने फौरन भुप्पी को हटा दिया.

उधर भूपेंद्र नारायण सिंह भुप्पी का कहना है कि उन्हें साजिशन फंसाया जा रहा है. भुप्पी ने फोन पर भड़ास4मीडिया को बताया कि सीएम धूमल से जुड़े कुछ ऐसे कागजात उनके हाथ लगे जिसे अगर खबर के रूप में प्रसारित कर दिया जाता तो संभवतः हिमाचल की धूमल सरकार खतरे में पड़ सकती थी. पर जब सूचना धूमल तक पहुंची तो आजतक ब्यूरो चीफ पर ही गंभीर किस्म के आरोप लगाते हुए एक पत्र आजतक प्रबंधन के पास भेजा दिया. आजतक मैनेजमेंट ने जांच के बाद भूपेंद्र नारायण सिंह को चैनल से हटा दिया. भूपेंद्र पिछले 13 साल से मीडिया में हैं और कई वर्षों से आजतक में हैं. फिलहाल इस प्रकरण की पूरे मीडिया जगत में जोरशोर से चर्चा है. इसको लेकर जितने मुंह उतनी बातें हो रही हैं.

भूपेंद्र नारायण सिंह उर्फ भुप्पी ने खुद को चैनल से बर्खास्त किए जाने के बाद एक कड़ा पत्र प्रबंधन को भेजा है. यह पत्र चैनल के मालिक अरुण पुरी, चैनल हेड कमर वहीद नकवी और नकवी के अधीन कार्यरत शैलेश को भेजा गया है. पत्र में भुप्पी ने अरुण पुरी को कई सवालों के जवाब देने की चुनौती दी है. पत्र इस प्रकार है...

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date Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 3:41 PM

subject Letter to Mr.Purie

I’m going… at least tell me why????

Pursuing Journalism was a childhood dream- I was told I was made to be a journalist. I loved the thrill of following a hot lead, the excitement of digging deeper, the rationale of  balancing both sides of the coin and the satisfaction of laying down the facts before my audience.

I have always respected the tenets I was taught while completing my Masters in Mass Communication from the prestigious Punjab University, Chandigarh. I was taught that integrity, fairness, honesty and fair play are the basics of Journalism. These just reinforced the basic values on which I was raised. I was happy as what I was taught was just what I believed- could life become any better?

It could- I found when I joined the profession. From day 1, I was guided by the eternal tenets of journalism and my values and I found that I loved my profession even more than I had anticipated. From a trainee, I became a member of a respected organization and grew with it- in every way. They say that if you love your work- you never work- you just follow your passion. I followed my passion, but I worked really hard too. I threw myself into the pursuit of this profession which blends power and passion, sweat and tears, hard work and humility and justice and danger.

Yes! Long ago, I found out that the profession I had chosen was full of danger- moral, ethical and intellectual. In a world where money, muscle and influence rule, sticking to the right and narrow path is not without peril. So many times, I refused to buckle before political pressure, resisted the lure of position, overlooked the animosity of opponents who were exposed and avoided any camps and groups…

It was a dream come true to return to my alma mater (Punjab University) as a respected Journalist and Bureau Chief of the region for the premier television news channel. In this position, I showed tenacity of purpose, single minded devotion to my duty, fearlessness and professional competence of the highest degree. I do not claim this- this was communicated to me by the Head office at every opportunity and at the end of the countless successful stories and scintillating expose`s I accomplished. The promotion to Special Correspondent and salary raise I got late last year just reinforced this.

From getting the first whiff of the story- I knew it was a big one. An influential politicians  secret financial discrepancies, wrongful submissions to the election commission and shockingly disgraceful monetary irregularities had the power to upset the balance of power and topple his government. For a party which was crying ‘stop corruption’ from the rooftops, this deep rooted scandal involving one of it’s pillars could shake the whole superstructure. In a significant year, with the elections around the corner, the story was a explosive one- a real shocker which could send shockwaves across the Indian political spectrum.

I was excited and geared up to meet the challenge. Personal threats I ignored, my family’s safety concerns I ignored, monetary lure I ignored and was on the brink of disclosure. This was when the ground beneath my feet started shaking. The support and confidence of my organization, for which I was staking everything started sending out cold vibes. Caught between the devil and the deep sea, I found that my very boat was flimsy. The organization failed to stand up to meet the gathering storm. A story of this magnitude needed strong hearts and great resilience as all sorts of pressures were being applied.

After ignoring all threats, when it came to a slur on my integrity, I could not ignore it. The infuential politician who stood to lose everything by my disclosure used all he had to shut my mouth.  He got make a CD with phonies posing as landowners and alleged that I was a land grabber. Me a landgrabber – what?? I was dumbstruck- where did this come from?.

There was another CD of a taped conversation which had been edited to make everything sound totally out of context. This conversation had been taped by a someone in the government while I was speaking to a trusted colleague. The CD was then sent to Mr. Aroon Puri.

I was called to explain before the Head office. When I pointed out that the first CD had people with fake beards making totally absurd and unsubstantiated claims, the investigative committee agreed. When I pointed out that the taped CD was edited and tampered with, they agreed. The investigative committee travelled to his capital and failed to uncover any thing at all against me.  I was asked to resume my duties.

This was when pressure was stepped up from the powerful politician who pulled in the highest gun power in his arsenal and aimed at the very top of my organization. A couple of calls later, I received the crucial call- asking for my resignation.

I will resign as I also feel helpless in an organization which throws it’s members out the door as soon as the heat from outside becomes too hot. However, there are a few answers I need to know:

1. Why am I being asked to resign? For getting a big story? Or  for not buckling down under pressure?

2.What are the grounds for my eviction? Am I entitled to know why I am being ejected?

3.An impeccable reputation built over 13 years has totally demolished? Why and on what evidence or even what case?

4.How did critical information leak out of closed door meetings and get published on a forum?

5.One of the top heads of Aaj Tak got a piece of land in Himachal where outsiders are not allowed to own land. Why has action not been taken against him who was also one of the members of the committee ?

6. How was my departure common knowledge even before I was informed of it?

7.Why is a senior member of the organization who was implicated in a negative light being protected?

8. It is painfully obvious that I am being made the scapegoat. Is there no justice in this world?

9. My dreams lie shattered, my confidence broken and my career ruined? Does anybody care even when all know that I am innocent.

Mr Arun Purie, Mr Sailesh, Mr. Naqvi, Mr. Puneet Jain and TV Today Network- will you please answer?

I am sill in Delhi to meet you Sir.

Kuwar  Bhupendra Narayan Singh

Chief of Bureau Punjab, Haryana and Himachal,

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