Anandabazar editor Anirban Chattopadhyay resigns
Published: 11:58 PM, 1 June 2020 Updated: 12:02 AM, 2 June 2020
Anandabazar Patrika editor Anirban Chattopadhyay resigns
Anirban Chattopadhyay, the editor of Kolkata-based Bengali daily Anandabazar, has resigned from his post. Before resigning, he was summoned to the Hare Street police station in Kolkata for questioning. The police interrogated him for about six hours.
News editor Ishani Dutta Roy took over as the new editor of the newspaper on Sunday.
According to a source, he was called to the police station on the basis of an FIR over a news report on Bangur Hospital last April.
The resignation of the editor of Anandabazar has caused a lot of controversies. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said in a Twitter post, "I wanted to know from the Home Secretary why the police had sent a notice to Editor Anibarn." There can be no discussion about the freedom of the press. He also commented that it is the backbone of democracy and recognized by the constitution.
It was only known after the Twitter post that the editor had been interrogated at the police station for about 6 hours. However, according to police sources, Anirban Chatterjee informed the police in a letter that he was a senior citizen. Doctors have forbidden him to go to public places during coronavirus pandemic.