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Siddharth Varadarajan, writing in the Hoot, picks up the controversial TOI reports on the SIT report on Gujarat 2002 for scrutiny and argues that "reporters should be careful about claiming to have “access” to explosive confidential documents when all they might have are a few paragraphs selectively planted on them by vested interests" and " wonders why three weeks down the line the TOI reporter has not done more exclusives if indeed he had access to the report":
In a flash, a report that actually formed the basis for the indictment of a sitting minister in the Modi government got converted into an indictment of “secularists” and NGOs in general!
...Though Mr. Rohtagi cannot be faulted for spinning the story on behalf of his clients, the episode underlines the need for reporters and editors to be careful about the use of selective leaks from a motivated source.