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Zee editor files defamation case against Jindal

PTI  New Delhi, December 21, 2012
First Published: 17:33 IST(21/12/2012) | Last Updated: 18:00 IST(21/12/2012)

Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary on Friday filed a defamation complaint against Congress MP Naveen Jindal for averments made against him in the FIR of alleged Rs. 100 crore extortion bid case and in a press statement in New Delhi.

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Chaudhary told the court that in the FIR lodged against him in the alleged extortion bid case, it was "averred" that as the CEO of Live India channel, he had carried out a fake sting operation.

Seeking a date for pre-summoning evidence, Chaudhary's counsel Vijay Aggarwal said the averment in the FIR was false as no charge sheet was filed against Chaudhary in that matter.

He argued before Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja that the court is duty bound to take cognisance of the matter and examine the complainant on oath.

After hearing arguments, the court fixed the matter for January for its order on the issue of taking cognisance of the complaint.

"Fresh written complaint filed under section 200 CrPC alleging commission of offence under section 499 (defamation) of IPC. Arguments on the point of taking cognisance have been heard. Put up for orders on taking cognisance and if required, further proceeding on January 3, 2013," the magistrate said.

The counsel also said the second cause of action for filing the defamation case was the comments made in a press conference here by Jindal.

He said that in the press conference it was alleged that the Broadcast Editors' Association (BEA) had called Chaudhary and he had made a submission before it after which he was removed.

He said his client had never gone to the BEA nor made any representations to the association.

"Allegations against me are defamatory in nature," the counsel argued.

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