Republic TV journalist, who resigned after being ‘ordered’ to harass Shashi Tharoor, ‘apologises’ to Congress MP


Congress MP from Kerala, Shashi Tharoor, on Friday posted a photo of him with a former Republic TV journalist, who, he wrote, had approached him to apologise.

Taking to Twitter, Tharoor wrote that journalist Deepu Aby Varghese, who had resigned from Arnab Goswami’s channel after being allegedly ordered to harass him, met him at the Press Club to apologise.

He wrote, “Touched by the moral courage of journalist Deepu Aby Varghese who resigned from @republic TV after being ordered to harass me at the Tvm Press Club. He approached me to apologise for his behaviour, as have some former employees of @TimesNow. Decency appreciated. @seegerblues.”

Varghese too thanked Tharoor on Twitter adding that ‘I just wanted to speak up Shashi Tharoor.’

Varghese was hailed on social media with some calling it ‘a rarity of journalist taking the good moral path.’

Goswami and his channel have been accused of carrying out a vicious campaign against Tharoor in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. Tharoor had also filed a Rs 2 crore defamation.

Tharoor filed defamation suit against Goswami and the channel for allegedly making defamatory remarks against him while airing news relating to the mysterious death of his wife. The pending suit is listed for further proceedings before the Joint Registrar on January 18 next year.

Another Republic TV journalist had resigned complaining fear, intimidation and harassment by her bosses at the channel. Shweta Kothari, who was a senior correspondent with the channel founded by Arnab Goswami, said that she faced constant harassment on suspicion that she was a plant by the Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor. Tharoor has filed a defamation case against Republic and Goswami.