Zee Group chairman Subhash Chandra on Wednesday told a court here that he was willing to undergo a lie-detector test subject to his doctors’ approval. But the two arrested editors of Zee Group news channels refused the police plea for a similar examination, though they agreed to give voice samples.
The police are probing allegations that Rs. 100 crore was demanded from Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL) in the form of advertisements for purportedly diluting the campaign launched by Zee News and Zee Business against the company in connection with the coal scam.
Counsel Vijay Aggarwal said the police would have to inform Mr. Chandra of the procedure in a lie-detector test and then his client would need to take advice from the doctors who are treating him.
Editors Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia, rejecting the plea for the lie-detector tests, said they feared the investigation was being influenced by Navin Jindal and that they were being falsely implicated in the case.
Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao sought Mr. Chandra’s presence in person in court on December 13 and also issued production warrants to Tihar Jail authorities for the appearance of the two editors, before he disposes of the Delhi Police plea. The police had said Mr. Chandra had been confronted with the editors, still the prosecution needed the lie-detection tests done to bring out the “truth” of the matter on record.
Mr. Aggarwal asked why the police had not moved any application for subjecting JSPL officials to a lie-detection test to ascertain the truth behind the allegations.