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Subhash Chandra yet to join probe, say Delhi Police

Posted on Nov 28, 09:48PM | IANS

Zee Network promoter Subhash Chandra Wednesday did not respond to Delhi Police's notice on joining the probe into allegations of extortion made against Zee's two journalists by the Jindal Group, police said.

They said Chandra did not show up at the police's Crime Branch office by Wednesday evening.

A notice was sent to Subhash Chandra Wednesday to join police investigation into allegations of extortion made by Jindal Group against Zee Network's two journalists, who were arrested Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police S.B.S. Tyagi told IANS.

"But Chandra did not join the investigation till late evening. We'll try to contact him Thursday again if he does not join the investigation," he said.

Zee News, however, vehemently denied all allegations of extortion levelled against its journalists and said police were being forced to act on the matter under pressure from Congress MP Naveen Jindal and his associates.

Sudhir Chaudhary, head of Zee News, and Samir Ahluwalia, head of Zee Business, were arrested here Tuesday on charges of allegedly attempting to extort Rs.100 crore from Jindal's company in exchange for not filing news reports linking his firm to the coal blocks allocation.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gaumti Manocha Wednesday sent the duo to two days' police custody and dismissed their bail plea.