Zee journalists refuse lie-detector test

December 13, 2012 - 6:36:52 am

New Delhi: Zee Group chairman Subhash Chandra yesterday told a Delhi court he was ready to undergo a lie-detector test while two journalists of his channel arrested for an alleged `1bn extortion bid refused to do so.

Sudhir Chaudhary, head of Zee News, and Samir Ahluwalia, head of Zee Business, both in judicial custody, were accused of demanding `1bn  from the Jindal Group in the form of advertisements to the channel.

The journalists told Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao that they were opposed to the lie-detector test but open to giving samples for voice tests. 

Chandra agreed to undergo the lie detector test subject to the procedure and techniques used by the investigating agency. He said he was undergoing some treatment and before taking the lie detector test, he would need to consult his doctors abroad.

The court issued a warrant for the presence of the two accused journalists before it Thursday and also asked advocate Vijay Aggarwal, appearing for Chandra, to ensure his client attended the proceedings the same day. “To secure presence of the accused persons before the disposal of their applications under consideration. Accordingly, issue production warrant for both accused (Sudhir and Samir) on December 13,” the court said. 

“As far as Chandra is concerned, his counsel Vijay Aggarwal has informed this court that he is ready to undergo lie detector test subject to the techniques used by the investigative agency for the test. Nonetheless, I deem it fit to secure his (Chandra) presence on December 13,” the metropolitan magistrate said.