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Zee journalists say Subhash Chandra knew about demand

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New Delhi: Top Zee News editors Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia, who have been arrested and charged with trying to extort Rs. 100 crore from Congress MP Naveen Jindal's steel company, were on November 27,  sent to 14 days in judicial custody.

Chaudhary, the channel's Group Editor, and Ahluwalia, the business head, were arrested on November 27, by the Delhi police's crime branch in the case registered on a complaint by Jindal Steel Power Limited (JSPL).

On November 30, both Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia have admitted that the "advertisement agreement" they had handed over to Jindal Steel's representatives to secure advertisements worth Rs. 100 crore was drafted by them, police claimed.

Subhash Chandra, Zee Group Chairman, also allegedly knew about the meetings the duo had with of JSPL representatives on September 10, 13, 17 and 19 for allegedly demanding R100 crore worth advertisements for not airing news about Jindal group's alleged involvement in the coal block allocation scam, police said.

"The disclosures were made by Chaudhary and Ahluwalia during their custodial interrogation. They have confessed that they had drafted the forged advertisement agreement and later handed it over to the JSPL," said a senior investigating officer, adding they now want to quiz Chandra and ask what he has to say about the revelations of his company's two editors.