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India Today journalists whine about media coverage on Deepika summons by NCB only to tail her car giving live updates from Goa

Twitter users called out India Today for their double-standards by sharing pictures of their reporter following the actor's car in Goa.

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, and Rakul Preet Singh were issued a summons by Narcotics Control (NCB) on Wednesday in a Bollywood-drug nexus case. Several journalists and Congress loyalists started peddling conspiracy theories after the summon issued by the Narcotics Control (NCB) to Deepika Padukone on September 25. They alleged that the actress was being made a scapegoat to distract the nation’s attention from a larger issue- the nationwide farmers’ protest planned by the Congress party on the same day.

India Today journalists, headed by none other than the master of quackery- Rajdeep Sardesai alleged that the government was using Deepika Padukone as a distraction from major issues like the Farmers Bill. Rajdeep Sardesai took to Twitter to hint that Deepika Padukone’s summons by the Narcotics Bureau on September 25 was somehow connected to the farmer’s protest.

Following Rajdeep Sardesai’s footstep, many India Today journalists started peddling similar rhetoric on Twitter.

Some other ‘journalists’ followed suit. Saba Naqvi said: “Since Deepika Padukone is being summoned by NCB on September 25, I really think the all India farmers protest, scheduled on the same day should be rescheduled. We know what visual media will do. Block out stories of millions.”

The fake news peddler, Rana Ayyub was also quick to make similar bizarre accusations. 

With something like this brewing, how could the Congress loyalist be left behind? They too jumped on to the bandwagon to contrive the same narrative that the actress was being used to distract attention from the nationwide farmers’ protest on the same day.

But amusingly, while on one side the India Today journalists were seen casting aspersions on the government for using the actor to distract the public’s attention from the larger issues and whining about the unnecessary media coverage being given to Deepika Padukone’s summon, on the other side, the media house was seen tailing behind Deepika Padukone’s car, giving a minute to minute details of her whereabouts from Goa.

A Twitter user was quick to notice this. He called out India Today for their double-standards by sharing pictures of their reporter following the actor’s car in Goa.

Ironically, India Today is now giving minute by minute update on Deepika Padukone after its journalists castigated the media for doing the same.

Actors Deepika Padukone and Sara Ali Khan, who were both in Goa, have taken off for Mumbai after they were summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau in connection to the ongoing probe into the nexus of the alleged drug in Bollywood, which stemmed from Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.

While Deepika is expected to appear for questioning on September 25, Sara will appear a day later.

Incidentally, on the same date, the Congress will be holding a nationwide agitation against the farmer bills passed by the BJP government, and also initiate a campaign to collect two crore signatures of farmers and the poor against these proposed farm sector bills. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said a series of press conferences will be organised against the farm Bills across the country. The state party chiefs and other senior leaders will take out marches in their respective states and submit memoranda to the respective state governors.

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