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Nov 27, 2012 at 10:47pm IST

Zee editors Sudhir Chaudhry, Sameer Ahluwalia arrested in Jindal Group extortion case

New Delhi: The crime branch of Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested Zee News editors Sudhir Chaudhry and Sameer Ahluwalia in connection with the Jindal Group extortion case. According to sources, the Zee News editors were arrested after the CFSL reports of the sting CD submitted by the Jindals came in.

Sources further said that the forensic report said that the CD was genuine. The Zee editors are likely to be produced is Saket court after 2 pm on Wednesday.

Congress MP Naveen Jindal had filed a criminal case against Zee TV for a sting operation about his company's alleged involvement in the scam-tainted coal block allocations. Jindal alleged that he was asked for cash to stop the negative story on him.

In a press conference, Jindal had also released tapes showing the conversation between Zee Business Editor Sameer Ahluwalia and his team members. "Media in our country has to be above suspicion. Media has played a crucial role in our country. Jindal Steel and Power Ltd has faced an incident on which I want to give a pure version. The way Zee TV has carried the news, it has become important for me to share," Jindal had said.

The Zee Network refuted the claims saying, "We had been running stories against Naveen Jindal, so he has hit back at us. Jindal's men approached us and offered us a bribe to stop running stories against him. (Our) editors met Jindal's representatives with a dummy contract."