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Zee Group Chairman Subhash Chandra, who is facing probe in a case of alleged bid of extortion of Rs 100 crore from Congress MP Naveen Jindal’s firm by two editors of the news channel, has been allowed by a Delhi court to stay abroad till January 26.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mukesh Sharma, who had allowed Chandra earlier to visit Dubai and London, extended his foreign stay saying he would inform the probe agency within 24 hours after his return to India.

Chandra had sought court’s permission to extend his stay abroad till January 26 instead of January 16. Earlier, the court had allowed him to travel overseas on business matter from December 30, 2012 to January 16, 2013.

The order allowing extension of his stay was passed on January 11. “As accused had earlier also cooperated with the investigating agency in investigation… the permission is granted to Chandra….,” According to the court said.

Chandra and his son Puneet Goenka, the managing director at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd have got interim protection from arrest from the court on the condition that they would cooperate with the investigating agency.

The sessions court had also directed the police that in case Chandra’s arrest is required “10 working days’ notice be given to him.” The court had also asked Chandra not to leave the country without prior permission of the court.

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