Patna, Jul 5: Lalu Prasad's son and Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav today threatened a journalist of a national English news channel in full public glare saying he would sue him if he does not delete a video (of the minister) he had filmed.
"I will lodge a case (against you). I respect you because you (journalist) are from 'press'. Delete the video otherwise I will file a defamation case against you," Tej Pratap yelled at the journalist from the dais as the RJD Foundation Day celebrations were in progress. Tej Pratap's outburst came when the journalist was talking to Lalu Prasad about the recording on the dais itself.
Tej Pratap's behaviour infuriated mediapersons who stood up to leave the function in protest prompting the party leaders to intervene and pacify the agitated journalists. It all happened when the journalist filmed a few-second video from his mobile phone of Tej Pratap watching photographs on a still camera on the dais as the Foundation Day function was on at the state party headquarters.
Two persons then came to the media enclosure, where the journalist was seated and asked him to delete the video which the scribe refused. He was supported by his colleagues who maintained there was nothing wrong in it.
On this, Lalu Prasad called the journalist on the dais and politely asked him to delete the video. As the journalist emphasised there was nothing wrong in the video Tej Pratap Yadav got angry and warned the scribe he would file a defamation case against him.
"I just made a short video clip of Tej Pratap Yadav watching 'still camera'. There is nothing wrong in it. There was nothing intentional at all. There are so many video cameras of various news channels and few still cameras of print media taking that picture," the journalist told PTI.