The veteran crime reporter has covered the Mumbai mafia for nearly two decades.
In those days, unlike today, crime reporters were more like police stenographers. They used to go, sit in the press conference, come back, write their stories, file them, with no corroboration, no cross-checking of the facts, no getting the other side’s version.
Since I was new and very scared that I would do a bad job and get thrown out by my editor, insecurity drove me to do a good job. I started chasing the other side, giving the other version, and I realized that people started appreciating it because nobody was doing it at that time, from Times of India to anyone. The Indian Express started the trend.