Zee editors sent to 14 days judicial custody
The two senior editors of Zee News Limited, Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia, were sent to judicial custody till December 14 in the alleged extortion case from Congress MP and Industrialist Naveen Jindal.
The duo, Sudhir Chaudhary, editor of Zee News, and Samir Ahluwalia, editor of Zee Business, were arrested on Tuesday on charges of trying to extort Rs. 100 crore from Jindal to drop news reports on a coal scam linked to his firm Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL).
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police had reportedly sought permission from the court to conduct custodial investigations for three days, but a Delhi Court had granted only two days police custody on Wednesday. Both editors have filed a second bail plea that will be heard on Saturday.
Jindal had last month released a CD in which purportedly showed footage in which Zee journalists were trying to strike a deal with his company officials, telling them that their channel will not air negative stories of the Jindal Group if the money is paid to them.
The journalists and their organisation have, however, rubbished all 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.