Subhash Chandra, chairman of the Essel Group, on Monday informed the crime branch of the Delhi police that he will cut short his prior engagements to join the investigation against Zee News editors following complaints from the Naveen Jindal Group.
Chandra made this known to the assistant commissioner of police, inter-state cell, through his lawyer, RK Handoo.
The letter begins by countering the allegation levelled against Chandra that he was delaying the probe. “It has been brought to the notice….that vested interests have created a public impression that he is deliberately not joining the investigations. My client Shri Subhash Chandra is a law-abiding citizen and such vicious campaign is malafide and un-warranted. It was only after due notice to you by communication dated 27/11/2012 that he adhered to his pre-scheduled meetings/social engagements in India and abroad,” Handoo wrote.
The lawyer's letter stated that Chandra runs many businesses in media, infrastructure, education, theme parks, packaging, refining, etc and his meetings are planned well in advance, making it tough for him to be available all of a sudden.
“He has his meetings planned and fixed nearly two months in advance and any abrupt change in such meetings not only affects the schedule of other business partners but also brings disrepute to the persons and consequent irreparable damage. That is why… before your arrest action, requested you to adjourn the matter till his return from overseas. Now… because of the distorted campaign unleashed by vested interests, he is prepared to reschedule and cut short his overseas engagements and shall come to India only to join the investigations at your convenience forthwith. The date and time may kindly be indicated to the undersigned so that he can be accordingly intimated and he shall be present before you within 96 hours of service of notice,” stated Handoo.
Handoo also informed the police that the allegations that are part of the first information report in the case were a matter of a suit filed before the Bombay high court in which Chandra is a respondent.