Republic TV took to Twitter to announce the suspension of a reporter on probation period with its network channel Republic Bangla, after accusations against him of impersonating investigating agency officials were brought to light.
PRESS RELEASE: REPUBLIC BANGLA SUSPENDS PROBATIONER ACCUSED OF IMPERSONATING INVESTIGATING AGENCY OFFICIALS— Republic (@republic) May 26, 2021
Detailing the incident, the channel informed that a reporter named Avikesh Sengupta has been suspended from service with immediate effect as he is allegedly said to be involved in not just a case of impersonation but even kidnapping.
On Tuesday evening, it was brought to our notice that Avishek Sengupta faces serious allegations of impersonation of a public servant, impersonation of central investigating agency officials, and fabrication of identity, and kidnapping.— Republic (@republic) May 26, 2021
Republic said that on Tuesday it was brought to their notice that Sengupta face serious charges of impersonation of a public servant, fabrication of identity and kidnapping amongst others. He was not a confirmed employee of Republic Bangla and he stands suspended with effect from 25th May 2021.
A Twitter user shared the copy of an FIR filed against Sengupta on Monday for allegedly kidnapping a businessman and demanded a ransom of Rs 1 crore.
Citing that the organization abides by the zero-tolerance policy towards such criminal acts, a probe has been initiated into the matter.
As an organisation with zero tolerance towards such abhorrent criminal acts, the said probationer was immediately suspended on Tuesday evening pending a thorough probe into the matter.— Republic (@republic) May 26, 2021
As per the channel, Sengupta has been absconding since yesterday and has been untraceable with every attempt to establish any connection with him failing.
The formal communication regarding his suspension has been sent via email to Avishek Sengupta yesterday, after repeated attempts to contact him, he remains unreachable on his phones and his whereabouts are not known to us.— Republic (@republic) May 26, 2021
Sengupta was on his probation period and not a permanent employee of Republic Bangla.
Republic Bangla, Bengali-language news channel, was launched by Arnab Goswami’s Republic Media Network on March 07 2021.