The Cyberabad police served notices to High Court advocate J Kanaka Raju alias JK Raju for allegedly helping TV9 channel’s former CEO Ravi Prakash in forging documents and signatures.
According to reports, the police made searches at the advocate’s residence on Saturday and reportedly seized laptops, electronic gadgets and other materials as evidence to prove that he too was part of the conspiracy.
Reportedly, police investigation revealed that JK Raju helped Ravi Prakash in allegedly drafting forged documents. The conspiracy was hatched at Raju’s residence in Banjara Hills, reported The New Indian Express.
Meanwhile, police have learnt that Ravi Prakash, who has been absconding, is in Maharashtra, according to Telangana Today. The Cyberabad police have booked him for forgery following a complaint from TV9’s new management--Alanda Media Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. He has been evading questioning. Police had served notices to him and actor Shivaji under Section 41A CrPC on May 21 asking him to appear by May 23. However, they failed to acknowledge the notices thrice.
The former CEO on Monday had applied for anticipatory bail with the Telangana High Court, challenging FIRs that were filed against him by Cyberabad police.
Earlier this month, Ravi Prakash, the founder of ABCPL, was forced to step down as CEO after the Board passed a resolution revoking all powers vested with him.
The dispute relates to Alanda Media buying more than 90.54% stake in TV9 recently. The company has alleged that Ravi Prakash actively opposed Alanda's move to appoint four directors.
“Ravi Prakash and Murthy had mala fide intention of not allowing Alanda, the majority shareholder, to participate in the management of ABPCL through its new directors,” a statement from Alanda had alleged.
However, in a scathing letter, Ravi Prakash hit back at Alanda and alleged that the Board members were representatives of political honchos “who are out there to devour ‘every’ journalist and independent media house today.”
Ravi Prakash continues to be a shareholder in the company. He has been replaced by Mahendra Mishra, who was appointed as the interim CEO.