The Supreme Court Thursday directed Zee News editors Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia to submit their voice samples in connection with a case of extortion from a company of industrialist Naveen Jindal.
Rejecting petitioners demand to have the copy of text in advance, the apex court said that they don’t need to read the disputed paragraph, however investigation officer and Director CFSL will decide the exact words the Zee news editors will read for the samples.
The court has given 4 weeks deadline to submit the samples.
On Wednesday, hours before hearing at the Patiala Court, Sudhir Chaudhary and his colleague Samir Ahluwalia, Chaudhary’s lawyers has admitted that the voice in the video is of his’ client.
According to jantakareporter.com, when CBI judge Vinod Kumar asked him ‘if he agrees that it was the voice of Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia in the video’, the lawyer answered in affirmative before adding that Jindal Steel and Power Limited was not providing the transcript of the conversation.
Chaudhary and Ahluwalia were arrested in 2012 after a complaint by Jindal’s firm that they had demanded Rs 100 crore in lieu of not airing negative news against the firm.