Court reserves bail plea order of Zee editors till Monday
Police opposed the bail pleas of the accused journalists saying that 'bail could be misused' by them.
New Delhi: A Delhi court has reserved till Monday its order on the bail pleas of two Zee TV journalists arrested on an extortion complaint filed by Congress MP Naveen Jindal, who owns Jindal Power and Steel Ltd.
Additional Sessions Judge Raj Rani Mitra on Saturday reserved the order after counsel for the journalists and police concluded their arguments on the bail pleas.
Police opposed the bail pleas of the accused journalists saying that "bail could be misused" by them.
Special Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan, appearing for police, said that journalists should not be granted bail.
Sudhir Chaudhary, head of Zee News, and Samir Ahluwalia, head of Zee Business, both in judicial custody, were accused of demanding Rs.100 crore from the Jindal Group in the form of advertisements to the channel.
Police booked both the journalists under Sections 384 (extortion), 120(b)(criminal conspiracy) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Before arresting Chaudhary and Ahluwalia, police also charged them under Section 420 (cheating).
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Sources told PTI that the group which met in the forenoon today discussed that the Jindal group had made a number of presentations against the Zee group to the I&B ministry.
The court sought the response of Chandra and Zee News head Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business Editor Samir Ahluwalia on 12 December.