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Zee News accuses police of one-sided probe, seeks court supervision

Monday, 10 December 2012 - 8:43pm IST Updated: Monday, 10 December 2012 - 9:03pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
Vijay Aggarwal, counsel for the media group, also sought the interrogation of industrialist MP Naveen Jindal, his brother Prithvi Jindal and uncle Sitaram Jindal.

Accusing the Delhi police of carrying out a one-sided investigation into the complaint lodged against Zee News by industrialist MP Naveen Jindal, Vijay Aggarwal, counsel for the media group, today moved an application before a Delhi court under section 156 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) urging the court to monitor the probe.

The court has issued a notice to the Delhi police asking it to respond by November 19.

Moving the application before the court, Aggarwal sought the seizure of the call records of all phones used by Jindal and his relatives to try to get in touch with Zee Group chairman Subhash Chandra. Chandra is non-executive chairman of Zee News Limited.

Aggarwal also demanded the interrogation of Naveen Jindal, his brother Prithvi Jindal and uncle Sitaram Jindal.

Senior Zee News editors Sudhir Chaudhury and Samir Ahluwalia were arrested last month on a complaint by Jindal's company that they had demanded Rs100 crore as an advertising deal to not air negative news against the firm in connection with the coal block allocation scandal.

Zee News has denied "any question" of Chandra instructing employees on any matter relating to Jindal. In his application, Aggarwal also urged the court to order the Delhi police to compare the contradictions in Jindal's FIR of October 2, 2012, and his petition filed in the Bombay high court as an "afterthought".

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