Local court grants bail to Samachar Plus editor-in-chief

DEHRADUN: Editor-in-chief and chief executive officer (CEO) of Samachar Plus news channel Umesh Kumar, who is lodged in jail since October 29, was granted bail by a local court in DEHRADUN.

The private news channel head was arrested from his Indirapuram residence in Ghaziabad on October 28 on the charges of threatening a subordinate with dire consequences if he failed to conduct stings on the CM and the additional chief secretary of Uttarakhand.

The defence lawyers have claimed in court that all charges levelled against Kumar are baseless. Earlier on Thursday, the high court rejected the plea of police to conduct Narco test on Kumar. The Uttarakhand High Court had on Thursday turned down a plea by the state police seeking permission to conduct a narco test and brain mapping of Sharma.

Police had also carried out searches at  Umesh Kumar’s residence and other properties and seized Rs 39 lakh in cash, 16,279 US dollars, 11,030 Thai Baht and hard disks and pen drives.

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