Zee boss agrees to lie-detector test, 2 editors refuse

New Delhi: Zee Group Chairman Subhash Chandra today agreed before a Delhi court to undergo lie-detector test, but its two arrested editors refused to do so in an alleged Rs 100 crore extortion bid case filed by Congress MP Naveen Jindal's firm.

Chandra's counsel, however, said he can be subjected to the test on the condition that he be informed about its procedure and if his doctors agree to it.

Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business Editor Samir Ahluwalia, presently lodged in Tihar jail since their arrest on November 27, refused to undergo the test but agreed to give their voice samples.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao, meanwhile, has issued production warrant to the two editors for December 13 and also sought presence of Chandra before it.

The counsel for Chandra, Vijay Aggarwal, while agreeing to the test asked why the police has not moved any application for subjecting industrialist Jindal to lie-detection test to ascertain the truth behind the allegations.

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police had moved an application for their consent soon after the two editors were confronted with their bosses Chandra and his son Punit Goenka, Managing Director of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., in connection with the case.

The police had sought permission to subject them to a lie-detector test saying it is required to bring the truth on record.

Both Chaudhary and Ahluwalia, who have been remanded to judicial custody till December 22, have been booked under section 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 counsels for the two editors, said their clients are not consenting to the test as they fear that the investigation in the case is being influenced by Navin Jindal.