Zee Editors plea for court-monitored probe rejected

The plea of two Zee Group editors for a court-monitored probe in the extortion case lodged against them by Congress MP Naveen Jindal has been rejected by a Delhi court which said they cannot be allowed to “dictate” and “divert” the course of investigation.

“I am of the considered opinion that there is no requirement for preservation of call details. Moreover, the accused cannot be allowed to dictate the terms of the investigation by moving such types of applications.

“Accordingly, the application moved by the accused for monitoring and preservation of call details… as well as the application moved by the accused for monitoring of the investigation… are dismissed,” Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mukesh Kumar said in the order passed on February 21.

The court said the plea for a court-monitored probe into a case arising out of the FIR lodged by complainant Naveen Jindal cannot be allowed.

Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business Editor Samir Ahluwalia had moved applications seeking a court-monitored probe in the case, besides preservation of call details of various persons including Naveen Jindal.

The editors had also sought a court’s direction to preserve the call records of Sita Ram Jindal, Prithvi Jindal, Ravi Mutreja, Sushil Maru, Vivek Mittal, and Rajiv Badhoria.

They had alleged in their plea that the investigating officer (IO) has not conducted the probe in a fair manner and, therefore, he be directed to conduct the investigation in a fair and proper manner.

The court, while dismissing the plea, also said the accused scribes were “trying to dictate the terms of the investigation to the IO through a court order” and the IO is “within his right to conduct the investigation”.

Chaudhary and Ahluwalia were arrested on November 27, 2012 on a complaint by Jindal’s firm Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) which had alleged they had demanded Rs 100 crore as an advertising deal for not airing negative news against the firm in connection with the coal block allocation scandal.

Chaudhary and Ahluwalia were granted bail on December 17, 2012 by the court.

They have been booked under section 384 (extortion), 420 (cheating), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC.

 

PTI

Zee editors cannot dictate terms for giving voice sample:Court

The two Zee editors cannot “dictate terms” for giving their voice sample in the investigation into the Rs 100-crore extortion case against them lodged by officials of Congress MP Naveen Jindal’s firm said by a court here in Delhi.


The court rejected their plea that the investigators be stopped from taking their voice samples by making them read the transcripts of an audio clip of a sting done by Jindal’s firm.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mukesh Kumar said if they are willing, then Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business Editor Samir Ahluwalia will have to give their voice sample as per the instruction of probe agency.

“Now it is open with accused (Sudhir and Samir) whether they want to give voice sample or not. If yes, then they have to give voice sample as per requirements of the investigating agency as well as per the scientific officer, who shall instruct the IO (investigating officer) as in what manner the voice sample of accused is to be collected for comparison,” the judge said.

The court, in its order, told that the editors themselves agreed to give voice sample and they cannot be allowed to dictate the terms on the manner in which they will give their voice sample to the investigating agency.

“Even if they wishe to take such a plea, then it would be considered that they wants to derail the trial and divert the direction of the investigation.

“Any such attempt that accused is trying to dictate the terms to the investigating agency will amount to denial as accused is not willing to give their voice sample,” the court said, adding they can not be allowed to dictate the terms.

The two editors had, on December 12, 2012, while refusing to undergo lie detector test agreed to undergo the voice sample test.

Court reserves order on plea for lodging of FIR against Jindal

A Delhi court reserved for January 16 its order on a plea by Zee News BSE 0.26 % Ltd for direction to the CBI to lodge an FIR against Congress MP Naveen Jindal for allegedly trying to “influence” the hearing before News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) in connection with the alleged extortion bid case.

Special CBI Judge Dharmesh Sharma reserved the order after hearing arguments of advocate Vijay Aggarwal, who appeared for Zee News.

According to the court, “Arguments have been heard. Put up for order on January 16.”

During the hearing on the plea against Jindal, his firm Jindal Steel and Power Ltd BSE -0.79 % (JSPL) and its various officials, Aggarwal alleged that the Congress MP had called the NBSA Chairman J S Verma, who is a retired Chief Justice of India, and had tried to influence him.

He said his client is seeking direction to the CBI to lodge an FIR in this matter as the agency is probing the recent coal allocation case.

In its application, Zee News Ltd had claimed that during the hearing, the NBSA chairman had himself “revealed that Naveen Jindal, Member of Parliament, had telephoned him prior to the hearing to influence/ pressurise him for an order favourable to accused number one (Jindal) and his company.”

The TV channel had alleged that the MP had abused his position as a public servant by “telephonically” contacting the NBSA chairman to “influence” him in connection with the hearing of a complaint filed by the firm against the news channel and its officials.

According to the application, Jindal, along with others, had allegedly committed offences under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC, including section 120-B (criminal conspiracy)

Court not to hear Zee editor’s plea to monitor probe

In Delhi, court will hear Zee news editor Sudhir Chaudhary’s plea for monitoring the investigation into the case of alleged extortion bid lodged against the news channel by Congress MP Naveen Jindal’s firm.

In this Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Mukesh Kumar told that he will hear the matter on Thursday as there was shortage of time for hearing it on Wednesday.

According to court, “The matter will be taken up tomorrow (December 20).”

Chaudhary has moved the court accusing the Delhi police of carrying out a one-sided probe into the complaint lodged against him and three others.

Notice to Delhi Police had been issued by the court on December 11 asking it to respond by December 19 to Chaudhary’s application filed through his counsel Vijay Aggarwal.

In his application, Chaudhary who was recently released on bail, had sought the seizure of the call records of all phones used by Jindal and his relatives to try to get in touch with Zee group chairman Subhash Chandra.

He has also demanded interrogation of Naveen Jindal, his brother Prithvi Jindal and uncle Sitaram Jindal.

Chaudhury and Zee Business editor Samir Ahluwalia were arrested on November 27 on a complaint by Jindal’s firm that they had demanded Rs. 100 crore as an advertising deal for not airing negative news against the firm in connection with the coal block allocation scandal.

2 Zee group editors get bail in Rs 100 cr extortion bid case

Two editors of Zee group were granted bail today by a Delhi court after spending 20 days in jail,  in the case of alleged Rs 100 crore extortion bid from Congress MP Naveen Jindal’s firm.

“Bail is granted to both the accused,” Additional Sessions Judge Raj Rani Mitra said allowing the plea of Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business Editor Samir Ahluwalia who were arrested by Delhi Police on November 27.

The court said both of them will be released on furnishing a bail bond and surety of Rs 50,000 each.

They were directed to surrender their passports and not leave the country without the permission of the court which also asked them to cooperate with the investigation.

The court had reserved its order on the bail plea of the two editors after hearing them for around five hours during which the Delhi Police had opposed their application for grant of relief.

Both Chaudhary and Ahluwalia, who were lodged in Tihar Jail, have been booked under section 384 (extortion), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC.