Zee questions arrest of two journalists

Zee News on Wednesday demanded immediate release of its two senior journalists arrested in an extortion case filed by Congress MP Naveen Jindal, alleging that the police action was "illegal" and "designed for something else".

Denying allegations of attempt to extort Rs 100 crore from Jindal Power and Steel for not airing news reports linking the company to the coal block allocation scam, Zee News CEO Alok Agrawal accused the UPA-II of "intimidating" the media because of its "mistakes".

Sudhir Chaudhary, the head of Zee News, and Samir Ahluwalia, head of Zee Business, were arrested last night on the complaint by Jindal's company filed in October.

Questioning the arrests and its timing, Agrawal and Zee lawyer RK Handoo said the detentions were deliberately made before a holiday so that regular bail could be denied.

Handoo said that the arrest has been made under a section which speaks of a non-bailable offence and not a bailable offence.

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