Bail denied, Zee News editors to face 'sustained interrogation', Subhash Chandra in line of fire

Naveen Jindal

The prosecutor said the probe agency has evidence in the form of video and audio recordings of the two accused while demanding the money.

He said three officials of Jindal Group -- Ravi Mutreja, head of corporate communication of Jindal Group, Sushil Kumar, director in Jindal Group, and Vivek Mittal, senior DGM, were approached by the two editors of the Zee News offering not to broadcast the news reports regarding the alleged involvement of the JSPL in the allocation of coal block scam.

He said the channel had demanded the money in the form of advertisements for a period of five years.

"We need their sustained custodial interrogation to unearth the conspiracy and to know the source who had cooked up this idea of alleged extortion of money from the Jindal Group as it is not a single person decision.

"This money was for the whole (Zee) Group so many others are involved behind the conspiracy," he said while accusing Chandra of being complicit in the whole episode.

He said the stories aired on their channel regarding the alleged involvement of Jindal Group in coal blocks allocation scam were "concocted" and the probe in the case was on.

Mohan submitted that while striking the deal, the two accused had contacted Chandra which reflects his alleged involvement in the case.

The police plea for custody of both the accused was opposed by their advocate Rebecca John who contended that as per the FIR registered by the crime branch on October 2, three persons of Jindal Group had approached Zee News.

"The meeting was at the behest of the complainant and not by us. The alleged tampering of the CAG report is not mentioned in the FIR and it is also not possible for others to fabricate it as it is a government report," she argued.

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