In a new turn in the Rs 100 crore extortion case from industrialist Naveen Jindal against Zee News editor 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, the confession from the lawyer came during the hearing on Wednesday, when CBI judge Vinod Kumar asked him ‘if he agrees that it was the voice of Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia in the video’.
jantakareporter.com reports that to this question Sudhir Chaudhary’s lawyer answered in affirmative before adding that Jindal Steel and Power Limited was not providing the transcript of the conversation.
To which judge replied “where’s the need for the transcript when you confess the voice in the tape is of your clients’?”
However, defending himself, the lawyer said that he fears tempering of video at the end of JSPL with the help of investigating agency, the Crime Branch.
Countering, lawyer’s argument, the investigating agency denied from any possibility of tampering.
Later, noticing the aspect that the Supreme Court has already directed the Investigating Officer to submit transcript and voice sample of the disputed conversation between Zee Editors and industrialist Naveen Jindal, the CBI court adjourned the hearing till 23 August.
The court is currently hearing the plea seeking the cancellation of Zee editors’ bail.
Earlier this month, India’s Supreme Court has asked Zee News Editors Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia to submit their voice samples in two weeks.
The Supreme Court also came down heavily on Sudhir Chaudhary and Samir Ahluwalia. The apex court asked Chaudhary and Ahluwalia, either to follow the consent or face jail.
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.
However, the two were later released on bail.