A Delhi court today extended till December 20 the interim protection from arrest granted to Zee Group Chairman Subhash Chandra and his son in the case of the alleged Rs 100-crore extortion bid from Congress MP Naveen Jindal’s firm by two editors of the news channel.

“Interim protection for the two is extended till December 20,” Additional Sessions Judge Raj Rani Mitra said, adding that the court will hear arguments on their anticipatory bail plea on that day.

The order came after Chandra and his son Punit Goenka’s counsel, senior advocate Geeta Luthra and Vijay Aggarwal, sought extension of the interim protection as Luthra had to rush to Supreme Court to argue in another matter listed there.

Luthra said that the passports of her clients are already with the police so there is no chance of their fleeing from justice.

She also said that after the interim protection granted on December 6, Chandra and Goenka have joined the probe on December 8 and 9.

“They have not been called for further joining of investigation till today so the interim protection may be extended,” she said.

Special Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan opposed the request for extension of interim protection saying if the court wants to adjourn the matter, they (police) have no problem in this but it should not extend their interim protection as it expires today.

The Delhi Police today filed its fresh status report in the case as directed by the court in its December 6 order.

The court, meanwhile, also heard arguments on the regular bail application of Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business Editor Samir Ahluwalia, who were arrested on November 27.

(This article was published on December 14, 2012)
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