Jindal case: Zee chief seeks anticipatory bail

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 06, 2012 02:46 hrs

New Delhi: Zee Group chairman Subhash Chandra on Wednesday filed an anticipatory bail plea before a court in Delhi as police sought his cooperation regarding an extortion case against two Zee News journalists filed by Congress MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal.

Zee Group had sought anticipatory bail for both Chandra and its managing director Puneet Goenka after they were served a notice for the third time to join the probe on Dec 8 following the arrest of the two journalists, media reports said.

"An anticipatory bail application has been moved only as abundant precaution as my clients want to join and cooperate in the investigation," Chandra's counsel Vijay Aggarwal was quoted as saying.

A Delhi court on Monday had dismissed the bail pleas of the two journalists of Zee News channel, who were arrested over charges of trying to extort Rs 100 crore from Jindal by manipulating their reportage on the alleged coal block allocation scam.

Sudhir Chaudhary, head of Zee News, and Samir Ahluwalia, head of Zee Business, were arrested last week on charges of extortion filed by Jindal's company Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL).

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