Two Zee News scribes held in ex­tor­tion case

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ■ htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: Two se­nior jour­nal­ists of Zee news, fac­ing charges of ex­tor­tion, were ar­rested by the crime branch of Delhi Po­lice on Tues­day night.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Jin­dal Steel Pri­vate Lim­ited (JSPL), a com­pany owned by Congress MP Naveen Jin­dal, had filed an FIR against them on Oc­to­ber 2.

“We picked them up at 8:30 pm and they will be pro­duced in court on Wed­nes­day. We need their cus­tody to cross-ex­am­ine them with the ev­i­dence that we had against them,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer, re­quest­ing anonymity.

Those ar­rested are Sudhir Chaud­hary and Samir Ah­luwalia and af­ter ques­tion­ing them, we will try to in­ves­ti­gate the role of oth­ers who were named in the FIR, the of­fi­cer said. The In­ter State Cell (ISC)


of crime branch was han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In a press con­fer­ence last month, Jin­dal had given the video footage of a meet­ing he had with Chaud­hary and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Zee news. The video traces meet­ings held on Septem­ber 10, 17 and 19.

Jin­dal had al­leged that Zee News jour­nal­ists told the of­fi­cers of his com­pany, Jin­dal Steel, that if they did not give ad­ver­tise­ments worth R100 crore to the chan­nel, they would air sto­ries on his (Jin­dal’s) al­leged involvement in the coal scam and how his com­pany was al­lo­cated coal fields.

Zee News on the other hand, had ear­lier claimed that, “To sup­press the cov­er­age that Zee News was tele­cast­ing on coal scam, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions team from JSPL first tried to bribe Samir Ah­luwalia with R25 crore, which he de­clined straight­way. This was an of­fer from JSPL to stop the cov­er­age of Coal­gate scam. Un­de­terred the JSPL team of­fered Zee News and Zee Busi­ness and ad­ver­tis­ing deal of R100 crore, to stop the­cov­er­age .”

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