Zee Group Chairman Subhash Chandra was questioned by the Delhi Police for the second day today in connection with the alleged Rs 100 crore extortion bid from Congress MP Naveen Jindal’s company and denied any knowledge about the deal being worked out by his men.

After the grilling ended at 8.30 pm, he told reporters that the questioning “has ended as of now” and he would cooperate with the police if they called him again, if needed.

He said he will file a defamation case against Jindal. His son Puneet also was questioned but he left the Crime Branch office within 30 minutes after their arrival at 1.30 pm.

After the nine-and-half-hour questioning and confronting them with two arrested editors, police asked the father and son to appear before investigations this afternoon.

Both Chandra and Puneet came to Crime Branch office at around 1. 30 p.m. today.

Yesterday the questioning lasted till 11.30 pm.

“Yesterday, police work did not finish. They asked us to come again today. If they call us again we will cooperate. We have been cooperating. As of now questioning is over,” Chandra said.

He said police asked him whether he knew about the deal and he answered in the negative.

Chandra also claimed that police did not ask him about any dummy agreement given by editors to Jindal company.

He said he got a text message from Naveen Jindal asking him whether he can meet Chandra, who was in US at that time.

“I told him that if it was urgent he can call him. He said there was nothing urgent and then when he said he wanted to meet, I said, let’s meet in November first week,” he said.

Asked whether he knew that his editors were doing a deal, he said “I did not know. There is no Rs 100 crore deal. We haven’t been saying anything. I came to know about the FIR only on October 7.”

(This article was published on December 9, 2012)
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