जी समूह के संपादक सुधीर चौधरी और समीर आहलूवालिया को नवीन जिंदल की कंपनी से सौ करोड़ रुपये मांगने के आरोप में दिल्ली पुलिस द्वारा गिरफ्तार किया गया है. पुलिस ने एफआईआर दर्ज होने के 45 दिनों तक इस मामले की बाकायदा जांच की. नवीन जिंदल ने बाकायदा इन आरोपों के पक्ष में सीडी जारी किया. इसके बाद भी जी समूह का कहना है कि नवीन जिंदल की पार्टी मीडिया का गला घोंटना चाहती है. नीचे पढ़े एनडीटीवी में प्रकाशित खबर.
Journalists' arrests: Zee News says Congress govt trying to gag media
New Delhi: Zee News has called the arrest of its senior journalists Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia for alleged extortion of steel tycoon and Congress MP Naveen Jindal as an attempt by the party-led government to gag the media and cover up the coal scam.
"After 65 years of independence, the present Congress-led government is pushing the media to not speak the truth and gag it. It is practically the Emergency revisited in India on November 27, 2012, a day that will also be known as a black day in Indian history," the company said in a statement. (Read statement)
"The arrests have been made to sensationalise the issue and lend a cover to the coal scam and in particular favour Naveen Jindal, Congress MP, and his company Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL)," the statement said.
Mr Chaudhary, who heads Zee News, and Mr Ahluwalia, head of Zee Business, were arrested on Tuesday evening by the Delhi police's crime branch in an extortion case registered about 45 days ago on a complaint by JSPL. They will be produced in a city court today.
Mr Jindal has alleged that Zee News tried to extort Rs. 100 crore in exchange for not airing unfavourable stories linking him and his group to the coal blocks allocation scam, which rocked the UPA government earlier this year.
"JSPL is using the state machinery, controlled by the Congress both at the Centre and in Delhi, to muzzle voices of dissent and to interfere with the legitimate rights of the media in an attempt to divert attention from its illegalities and misdeeds, which the Zee News editors had sought to highlight in public interest," the Zee statement said.
On October 25, Mr Jindal had released a video-recording of meetings with executives of Zee TV and claimed this to be proof that they were trying to extort money from him. He said the news channel told his company's executives that if they did not spend Rs. 100 crore on advertising, the channel would run negative stories on allocation of coal fields to his firm.
Mr Jindal said the "extortion attempt" was caught on a hidden camera; he released CDs of this footage to reporters. The 'reverse sting' was carried out between September 13 and 19 over four meetings in different locations in Delhi. (एनडीटीवी)