Vinod Dua’s statement: As you know, a charge has been levelled against me. As a journalist, I am accountable to The Wire and its readers and viewers. Accordingly, after Tuesday’s episode, I am suspending my program ‘Jan Gan Man Ki Baat’ for a week to enable The Wire to take what steps it may think fit. I will return after a week to either bid farewell or resume the show.
Vinod Dua discusses Dassault Aviation chief Eric Trappier’s statement that its joint venture with Reliance Defence is geared towards meeting about 10% of this offset obligation for the Rafale fighter jet deal. He also discusses the fuel price hike that has wiped out the Rs 2.50 per litre cut in rates announced by the Centre government on October 4.
This episode was recorded on Tuesday Oct 16, 2018. Since the external investigation The Wire has set up to look in to Nishtha Jain’s allegations of sexual harassment against Vinod Dua, the comments Dua made at the end of this episode of ‘Jan Gan Man Ki Baat’ in which he responded to Jain’s allegation will no longer be available on The Wire’s platforms. Instead, The Wire’s report on Jain’s charges has been edited to incorporate Dua’s denial. ‘Jan Gan Man ki Baat’ will remain suspended till the external investigation committee finishes its work.