New Delhi: The anticipatory bail plea of Zee Group Chairman Subhash Chandra comes up in a Delhi court on Friday in the Rs 100 crore Zee-Jindal extortion case. The court will also hear the bail plea of the channel editors Sameer Ahluwalia and Sudhir Chaudhary. Their two bail applications were earlier dismissed by the trial court on November 28 and December 3.
A Delhi court on Thursday had dismissed the police plea to put the editors through a lie-detection test as they refused to give their consent. Dismissing Delhi Police's plea for subjecting Chaudhary and Ahluwalia to a lie detector test, the court said, "In terms of the statement made by the accused, Samir and Sudhir wherein they have not consented to undergo the lie detector test.. the application of IO is dismissed as the accused persons cannot be forced or compelled to undergo the same as it violates the right against self incrimination. Article 20 (3) of the constitution protects their right."
Both Chaudhary and Ahluwalia, who have been remanded to judicial custody till December 22, have been booked under sections 384 (extortion), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC.
The police had sought permission to subject them to a lie-detector test saying it is required to bring the truth on record. The two editors are lodged in Tihar jail since their arrest on November 27. Both the editors were arrested on November 27 on charges of demanding a bribe of Rs 100 crore to stop the coverage of the coalgate issue involving JSPL.
With Additional Inputs from PTI