NEW DELHI: The Indian Opposition parties have called for an investigation into security leaks as chat messages from fireband anchor Anchor Goswami have hinted towards his prior knowledge of Balakot airstrike carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in 2019.
The senior officer of India’s Republic TV Arnab Goswami is facing renewed scrutiny after his controversial chats with former Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) CEO Partho Dasgupta were leaked to the press.
Republic has often adopted positions supportive of the Modi government and Goswami is known for his aggressive attacks on the opposition in his prime-time nightly programme, one of the country’s most-watched.
According to a British news agency, India’s main opposition Congress Party and Shiv Sena, the local party in Maharashtra, where the TV channel is located, both asked the government to investigate the controversial news.
Congressman Shashi Tharoor said that this information requires “serious investigation” by the Modi government, which puts national security first.
The party stated that the alleged collusion between Goswami and the central government violated India’s national security. Shiv Sena became the latest party to call for action against Goswami.
“I think this is a threat to the country’s internal security,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, according to Indian media.
“Sometimes, such military secrets are not known to top officials. If a jawan is found to possess any such secrets or documents, he is court-martialed. Here, he [Arnab] knew that Balakot [air strike] will happen. This means there is a breach of national security.”
The messages have escalated tensions between India and Pakistan, with Islamabad’s foreign ministry saying the transcripts showed the strikes were engineered to coincide with a general election that Modi won by a landslide a few months later.