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Zee chairman Chandra, son’s interim protection extended

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 14, 2012
First Published: 13:37 IST(14/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:17 IST(15/12/2012)

A Delhi court on Friday extended by six days Essel group chairman Subhash Chandra and his son’s interim protection from arrest in connection with the alleged bid by two Zee News journalists to extort Rs. 100 crore from Congress MP Navin Jindal's firm.


Additional sessions judge Raj Rani Mitra said, “Interim protection for the two is extended till December 20.”

The judge scheduled arguments on the father-son duo's anticipatory bail on the same day. The judge accepted their counsel Geeta Luthra's request as she had to rush to the Supreme Court for another case. Special public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan opposed the extension of their interim protection. "If the court wants to adjourn the matter, they (police) have no problem in this but it should not extend their interim protection as it expires today,” Mohan said.

Luthra contested the police arguments, saying, “They have not been called for further joining of investigation till today, so the interim protection may be extended… the passports of her clients are already with the police so there is no chance of their fleeing from justice.”

The counsels said both Chandra and Goenka had joined the investigations whenever needed.

The court heard arguments on the regular bail application of Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business editor Samir Ahluwalia, who were arrested on November 27. The order is likely to be pronounced on Saturday.

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