Chandra yet to join investigations

Subhash Chandra, Zee News chairman has not joined the investigation so far despite the fact that he was given a notice by the Delhi police. Chandra was called to join the investigation regarding the arrest of Sudhir Chaudhary (head of Zew News) and Samir Ahluwalia (head of Zee Business) for allegedly extorting Jindal company of Rs 100 crore.

However, the lawyer representing Zee network had said that he would soon join the investigation.

‘Chandra is out of the country. But he will join the probe soon,’ said R K Handoo, senior lawyer of the Supreme Court and representative of Zee News.

S B S Tyagi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime and railways) said, ‘we are waiting for him to join the investigation.’

According to Hooda, ‘He has nothing to hide. He may join the probe any time.’

The police had served notice to Chandra on 28 November, asking him to join the probe after the arrest of two senior journalists of Zee Network. As per the FIR lodged by Naveen Jindal, the money was sought to block the airing of a negative story on coal block allocations.

According to police, Chandra is one of the accused in the case, as he knew about the dealings between his employees and Jindal’s company. Meanwhile, the Delhi police had called a few more employees of Zee News in connection with the case.

‘On Thursday, a couple of employees were questioned,’ Tyagi said.

The police sources said questioning was conducted on the basis of call details of the two journalists who were arrested following the charges. The notice was served to Chandra after an analysis of call data records allegedly showed that Chaudhary and Ahluwalia had spoken to Chandra immediately after their first meeting with Jindal Steel Power Ltd representatives at Hyatt Regency hotel.
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