Naveen Jindal refuses to comment on Zee editors' arrest
Steel tycoon and Congress Member of Parliament Naveen Jindal on Wednesday refused to comment on the arrest of two senior journalists of Zee news channel, saying the Delhi Police is investigating this case.
"This is a sub-judice matter. The Delhi Police is investigating this case. So, I do not wish to make any comments," he told mediapersons here.
Two senior journalists of Zee news channel were arrested yesterday on charges of trying to extort Rs 100 crore from Jindal group for not doing news reports on coal scam linking his firm.
The two journalists were arrested last evening by the Delhi Police's crime branch in an extortion case registered about 45 days ago on a complaint by Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL).
Senior journalists of Zee news channel, Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia,
will be produced in a city court today. Chaudhary heads Zee News and Ahluwalia head of Zee Business,
According to reports, Jindal had last month released a CD in which purportedly showed footage in which the Zee journalists were trying to strike a deal with his company officials, telling them that their channel will not air negative stories of Jindal Group if the money is paid to them.
The journalists have, however, rubbished the allegations as fabrication and described it as pressure tactics to prevent the channel from doing such stories.
JSPL is among the companies named in the CAG report as one of the beneficiaries of the controversial coal block allocations.