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Friday , December 7 , 2012
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Zee gets arrest relief, not promise

New Delhi, Dec. 6 (PTI): Zee Group chairperson Subhash Chandra and his son were today granted interim protection from arrest till December 14 by a Delhi court in an alleged extortion bid from Naveen Jindal’s firm by two editors of Chandra’s news channel.

During the course of the hearing today, special public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan, had said: “We cannot commit or assure that they (Chandra and his son) will not be arrested. The moment we get a lead of the alleged extortion made on behalf of Zee Group by their two editors, we will arrest them.”

The two editors have been accused of trying to extort Rs 100 crore from Jindal’s firm.

Additional sessions judge Raj Rani Mitra said that on December 14, it will be decided whether the interim protection of Chandra and his son Punit Goenka can be extended or not. The two have been asked to appear before the Delhi police on December 8.

Senior advocate Geeta Luthra and Vijay Aggarwal, appearing for the father and the son, said their clients were ready to join the probe, if the police assured them that the two would not be arrested during the time of interrogation. They also sought five days’ notice in the event of an arrest decision by the police.

It was then that the special public prosecutor refused to given any assurance.