Zee News editor seeks video-recording of police statement

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 06, 2013 05:34 hrs

Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary, whom police has sent notice to join investigations after the channel aired the interview of Dec 16 rape victim's friend, Saturday moved court seeking his statement be video-recorded but the order was silent on his request.

The court asked the city police to proceed the case "in accordance with the law" and did not specially mention in its order whether Chaudhary's statement would be recorded or not.

Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal said: "I have heard the counsel for the accused. SHO police station Vasant Vihar is directed to proceed as per law."

Chaudhary has moved the application saying he has been asked to join the investigation and a case has already been registered against him.

Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, appearing for Chaudhary, submitted that police has sent notice to his client to attend investigation.

"The applicant has received notice for attending investigation at Vasant Vihar police station. He prays that his statement made under section 161 (3) CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) be recorded by audio video electronic means."

"The interview of the male friend had highlighted the irresponsible attitude of police towards the victims, so how can the same police register the case again the channel and also investigate it. It cannot be a fair investigation," said Aggarwal.

Delhi Police have filed a case against Zee News for revealing the identity of the gang-rape victim by carrying an interview of her male friend who was the only witness in the case.

The case was filed against at Vasant Vihar Police Station under Section 228 (A) of the Indian Penal Code. The interview of male friend would lead to the identification of the victim in breach of a law entitling her to anonymity, police said.

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