Indian regulator bars news channel NDTV from accessing capital markets

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NEW DELHI, June 14 (Reuters) - India's market regulator on Friday barred the founders of news television channel New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV) from the country's capital markets for the next two years.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India, which is looking into allegations of fraud over a multi-million-dollar loan secured by NDTV, also barred its founders, Prannoy and Radhika Roy, from holding any managerial position for the next two years.

"The loan agreements were unmistakably structured as a scheme to defraud the investors," the SEBI said in its order.

The same year India's federal investigating agency the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the couple's New Delhi home as well as two holiday houses, prompting protests by Indian journalists, who described the raid as an attack on the freedom of press.

NDTV had called the raids a witch-hunt. NDTV officials were not available for comment on the latest developments.

The CBI had said the investigation had no link to the editorial side of the NDTV, India's oldest English-language news channel.

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