Court rejects Zee editor's plea seeking lie detector test of Naveen Jindal

New Delhi: A court here has rejected Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary's plea that the Delhi Police be asked to conduct a lie detector test on Congress MP Naveen Jindal but allowed his prayer for preserving certain call detail records of four officials of Jindal Steel Power Ltd (JSPL).

While refusing to give direction to the investigators to conduct polygraphy test on Jindal, Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash observed that the court should "refrain from interfering" in the work of investigating agency.

Naveen Jindal. AFP

Naveen Jindal. AFP

The court, however, allowed Chaudhary's contentions to preserve the call detail records of four officials of Jindal's firm Jindal Steel Power Limited (JSPL) and has directed the service providers to preserve the details of their numbers for September 7, 23 and 24 last year respectively.

"Secondly, so far as conducting of lie detector test of Naveen Jindal is concerned, it is for the investigating officer to take necessary action as per law and as an when the situation arises. No direction can be given by the court to the investigating officer to conduct the lie detector test of Naveen Jindal," the Judge said.

"The court should refrain from interfering in the work of the investigating agency as far as possible. Hence, prayer of revisionist/applicant/accused (Chaudhary) to issue directions to investigating officer (IO) to conduct lie detector test of Naveen Jindal is also rejected," he said.

The court also rejected Chaudhary's plea for a court monitored investigation in the case.

The order came on a revision petition filed by Chaudhary against a 21 February order passed by a magisterial court which had rejected the plea of Zee Group editors, Chaudhary and Zee Business Editor Samir Ahluwalia, for a court-monitored probe in the extortion case lodged against them.

Chaudhary and Ahluwalia were arrested on November 27, 2012 on a complaint by Jindal's firm Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) which had alleged that they had demanded Rs 100 crore as an advertising deal for not airing negative news against the firm in connection with the coal block allocation scandal.


Updated Date: May 10, 2013 19:45 PM

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