Two senior journalists who work for Zee News channel were arrested on Tuesday over charges of trying to extort Rs 100 crore from Congress MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal by manipulating their reportage on the alleged coal block allocation scam.
The arrests, of Sudhir Chaudhary, the head of Zee News, and Samir Ahluwalia, the head of Zee Business, came on charges of extortion came following the registration of a case around 45 days ago on a police complaint filed by Jindal´s company.
The two reporters are expected to be produced in a court in Saket tomorrow.
Last month Zee News said it had filed a Rs 150 crore defamation suit against Jindal for the "unsubstantiated and defamatory allegations", in a counter-punch to the latter's Rs 200 crore case against the private broadcaster.
While Zee's suit came following an expose by Jindal Steel and Power Ltd that published purported audio-video evidence of an attempt to extort money in return of quashing negative reportage, Jindal had sued the news channel over the same issue.
Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) also issued a statement saying the defamation suit slapped by it against four people of private broadcaster Zee TV in the Bombay High Court might come up for hearing next week.
Zee News has denied accusations levelled by Jindal that the private broadcaster had tried to blackmail him.
Jindal on the same day released tapes that showed the conversation between a Zee News reporter and members of his team as he stated the reason behind accusing the news channel of attempted extortion.