Zee chief agrees to lie detector test

Zee editors Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia, arrested for an alleged extortion bid, on Wednesday declined to take lie detector tests but agreed to give voice samples as sought by the police crime branch.

Zee group chairman Subhash Chandra, who has also been asked to take a lie detector test, said he is "more than willing" but will need to consult doctors once details of the test technique and process are provided by the investigating officer.

Chandra's advocate Vijay Aggarwal said his client has "no reservation with regard to lie detector test but for utter precaution... he wants to seek medical advice".

Aggarwal said his client cannot give his consent without taking instructions from doctors. Chandra has sought release of his passport to travel to London and New York to consult doctors.

In submissions filed in the court of metropolitan magistrate Gaurav Rao, Chaudhary and Ahluwalia alleged that the investigation so far has been biased. They said they are "apprehensive" that it is being conducted "under the influence of the complainant", and that the "investigating agency will not conduct a fair and legal lie detector test".

Chaudhary and Ahluwalia were arrested on November 27 for allegedly attempting to extort an advertisement contract worth Rs 100 crore from Congress MP Naveen Jindal's company Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL).

Claiming that "the investigation agency has no proof against us and is, therefore, trying to implicate us in a malafide manner," senior advocate R N Mittal, representing Chaudhary, said: "If they want to get to the truth, they should ask the complainant Naveen Jindal to take a lie detector test to see what the true picture is."

The magistrate asked Chandra to be personally present in the court on Thursday so that his reply can be recorded. Ahluwalia and Chaudhary, currently in judicial custody, too will be present in court on Thursday to record their replies.

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