New Delhi, Dec 9: Zee Group chairman Subhash Chandra was questioned here Sunday by police for the second consecutive day in a case filed against two journalists of his TV channel for an alleged Rs.100-crore extortion bid from a Jindal Group company.
Chandra came along with his son and Zee Group’s managing director Puneet Goenka at 2 p.m. at Delhi Police Crime Branch office. A few minutes after questioning, Goenka was allowed to leave. Chandra’s questioning ended around 8 p.m., a police official said.
Investigators questioned Chandra and his son for nine hours Saturday. Late in the night, they were brought face-to-face with two Zee journalists Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia, who are in two days’ police custody for the alleged extortion bid.
“Today (Sunday) Chandra was brought face-to-face with Chaudhary and Ahluwalia,” a police official told IANS.
Chaudhary and Ahluwalia allegedly tried to extort Rs.100 crore from Jindal Power and Steel Ltd. in exchange for not filing news reports linking the firm to the irregular coal blocks allocation.
A court here Dec 6 granted Chandra and Goenka interim protection against arrest till Dec 14. Chandra and his son were told to deposit their passports with the investigating officer and join the probe.
Police earlier served notice on Chandra and his son in November, asking them to join the investigation after the arrest of Chaudhury and Ahluwalia Nov 27.