Four others were also named for the award by a jury which included the former chief justice of India J.S. Verma, former chief election commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh, and Infosys chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy.
According to the New Indian Express:
“Journalist Saikat Datta was praised for taking on influential people in exposing the rice export scam. The jury felt that he took a great risk in pursuing the story as the people involved were capable of harming him.”
The award-winning story revealed how vested interests in business and government colluded to circumvent a ban on export of rice. The expose resulted in future deals being cancelled. Last week, the case was referred to CBI for further investigation.
Datta had previously bagged the IPI India award for 2007.
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