"We will look at papers on Monday and take a call," said Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar when asked if the public broadcaster was planning to initiate an inquiry.

Prasar Bharati supervises the functioning of Doordarshan and the All India Radio.

DD had on April 26 interviewed BJP's prime ministerial candidate Modi at Gandhinagar and then telecast it the next day.

However, remarks made by Modi on Priyanka Gandhi and his claims of proximity with Ahmed Patel were edited out by DD, but became public through the social media, triggering a row.

Sircar had himself written a letter to Prasar Bharati board members saying that following the interview questions had been raised about the "impartiality" of the Public broadcaster.

DD News which had telecast the interview had, however, maintained that ‘there was no deliberate editing or omission of any portion of interview’.

"Wherever editing was done was for technical reasons and during post production. There was no interference or control from any authority in the entire process," it had said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu commenting on the issue said Doordarshan has been misused.

"Prasar Bharati has become the Prachar Bharati of Congress. There has been black-out of Narendra Modi and projection of Congress,” he said.
    
"Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar has written to the Board saying Prasar Bharati should be given more autonomy. We have information that clear cut political instructions were given to Prasar Bharati that Narendra Modi should be blocked and all focus should be on Rahul and Sonia Gandhi," Naidu claimed.
    
He further demanded the government if it was sincere then it should along with DD publish the details of the time allotted to each political party and leaders and bring out a white paper on the same.

(JPN/Agencies)

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