Police ask Zee boss to join probe, get 2-day custody of executives
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He said police also need to find the source from which the CAG report, which is the subject of dispute between the news channel and the Jindal Group, was obtained. The prosecutor said investigators have evidence in the form of video and audio recordings of the two journalists allegedly demanding money.
He said three officials of Jindal Group — Ravi Mutreja, head of corporate communication, Sushil Kumar, director and Vivek Mittal, senior DGM — were approached by the two editors offering that they would not broadcast reports regarding the alleged involvement of JSPL in the coal blocks allotment controversy.
He said the channel had demanded the money in the form of advertisements for 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's decision. This money was for the whole group, so many others are involved in the conspiracy," Mohan said while accusing Chandra of being complicit in the episode.
He also said that the reports broadcast on the Zee channels about Jindal group's alleged involvement in the coal controversy were "concocted".