Former Pakistan Television (PTV) chairman Dr Shahid Masood, who is in the headlines for his alleged involvement in the Rs33 million PTV misappropriation case, has now been accused of misbehaving with a journalist.
As per the details, Masood, who had escaped the premises of a special court of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) last week after it rejected his pre-arrest bail plea, appeared before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking bail on Monday.
As he was heading back from the court, a journalist came forward to ask Masood about his escape earlier.
پی ٹی وی کرپشن کیس میں ڈاکٹر شاہد مسعود @Shahidmasooddr کی اسلام آباد ہائی کورٹ سے عبوری ضمانت۔ نجی ٹی وی کے رپورٹر کے اس سوال پر کہ آپ پہلے عدالت سے بھاگ کیوں گئے تھے؟ ڈاکٹر شاہد مسعود سیخ پا ہو گئے، صحافی سے موبائل فون چھین لیا اور وکلا کی مداخلت پر فوٹیج ڈیلیٹ کر کے واپس کیا pic.twitter.com/h5a2kIaHQa
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Failing to keep his calm over the question, Masood allegedly snatched the journalist’s mobile phone.
“I tried to record his statement with my mobile phone’s camera, but instead of cooperating as a fellow journalist, he snatched my phone and harassed me.”
“He also warned me of ‘dire consequences’,” states a complaint registered by the journalist with the Ramna Police Station.
The journalist, who works as a reporter at a private media outlet, further alleged that the senior analyst also deleted the footage which he had captured for his news channel.
“The mobile phone, however, was returned after lawyers present on the occasion intervened,” he said.
On Thursday, Masood’s pre-arrest bail was rejected by Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti. When the judge announced his decision the anchor had left the court premises.
Masood was appointed as PTV chairman in the tenure of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led government and is accused of corruption worth around Rs33 million.