In the leaked video chats that are part of Indian police’s investigation against anchor Arnab Goswami, he boasts about his contacts within Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office. The Balakot airstrikes were supposed to be a top-secret mission which came months ahead of a crucial national election, which Modi’s ruling BJP won in a landslide.
The leaked personal chats of celebrity Indian anchor Arnab Goswami have revealed that the Indian journalist had prior information about the top secret Balakot air strikes carried out by India against Pakistan in February 2019.
As per the chats, Arnab, who heads Indian broadcaster Republic TV, had indicated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do “something big” against Pakistan, which would be “bigger than a normal strike”. The chats date to 23 February, 2019, three days before the air strikes.
The 50 pages of his online chats have created a stir on Indian social media, with many netizens wondering how Goswami have had access to such a military secret, which took everyone else by surprise at the time.
The leaked chats are part of a supplementary chargesheet filed by the police in Mumbai against Goswami and Partho Dasgupta, the former head of the television ratings’ agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC).