Zee News editor gets summons for airing interview

A day after Zee News aired an interview of the friend of the 23-year-old gangrape victim, police on Saturday summoned Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary after issuing him notice. A case has been registered against the channel at the Vasant Vihar police station in South Delhi.

On Friday, after the channel aired the interview, disclosing the identity of the friend, police registered a case under Section 228 (a) of the IPC (disclosure of identity).

Sources said the editor arrived with his legal team at 4.45 pm on Saturday and was questioned for at least an hour-and-a-half.

Meanwhile, Chaudhary on Saturday moved a Delhi court pleading that his statement to the police be recorded on video.

The court asked police to proceed in accordance with the law.

"I have heard the counsel for the accused. SHO PS Vasant Vihar is directed to proceed as per law," Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal ordered.

Chaudhary's counsel Vijay Aggarwal said "the interview of the friend had highlighted the irresponsible attitude of the police towards the victims, so how can the same police register the case against the channel and also investigate it. It cannot be a fair investigation." Police said Chaudhary's questioning was recorded on video.

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