Veteran journalist Vinod Dua, who was hospitalised with coronavirus earlier this year, died on Saturday. He was 67.

Dua had lost his wife, radiologist Padmavati ‘Chinna’ Dua, in June after a prolonged battle with COVID-19.

“Our irreverent, fearless and extraordinary father, Vinod Dua has passed away,” Dua’s daughter Mallika Dua took to Instagram to confirm the news.

“He lived an inimitable life, rising from the refugee colonies of Delhi to the peak of journalistic excellence for over 42 years, always, always speaking truth to power. He is now with our mom, his beloved wife Chinna in heaven where they will continue to sing, cook, travel and drive each other up the wall. The cremation will take place tomorrow (5.12.21) at Lodhi crematorium at 12 noon,” she wrote in her post.

The 67-year-old journalist, a pioneer in broadcast Hindi journalism with stints in Doordarshan and NDTV, was the first electronic media journalist to be bestowed with the esteemed Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award.

Dua was awarded the Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008 by the Government of India.

In June 2017, for his lifetime achievement in the field of journalism, Mumbai Press Club awarded him the RedInk Award.

The veteran journalist worked for Doordarshan, NDTV, The Wire among others.

Last year, Dua was charged under sedition after a BJP leader claimed that Dua made “bizarre allegations” on his 15-minute YouTube show on March 30. Dua in his show accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using “deaths and terror attacks” to get votes.

Later, the Supreme Court quashed the sedition case registered against journalist Dua in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.