Gilani Thanks Journalists, Excludes Some From TV
17 January 2003
The Asian Age
New Delhi: Kashmir Times journalist Ifthikar Gilani on Friday thanked the journalistic fraternity for rallying behind him during his hour of crisis. However, he also said that he holds a few grudges against some members of his own tribe, particularly those in the electronic media. 'When the raid was going on in my house, television channels flashed the news that incriminating documents and a laptop had been found in my house by officials,' he said, adding that he had never had a laptop. Even the I-T officials were surprised by the reports on the television channels. Ifthikar Gilani and his wife were locked in a bedroom when the raid was going on in his house on June 9, 2002. Gilani said that his message to his younger friends in the fraternity was to be more careful. He said that one of the channels had reported that he was absconding while the raid was going on in his house. Another channel reported that he was in the house but his wife was absconding. 'Another channel even flashed the news that incriminating documents had been found from Gilaniís house by the police,' he said, adding that this piece of news even amused the raiding I-T officials. 'They told me 'They (the media) are your own people. You people have been doing this to others.í' The Kashmir Times journalist said that he got worried after watching the news and asked the income tax sleuths if they had found any incriminating documents or the laptop which he never possessed. 'They told me to cool down as they had not found anything,' he said.