A city court on Tuesday directed the Delhi Police to investigate allegations made in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary against Congress MP and Jindal Steel CEO Naveen Jindal and 16 directors of the company.
Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja directed the Station House Officer (SHO) of Tughlak Road police station to probe the role of Jindal and 16 others named in the complaint filed by Chaudhary. Chaudhary has alleged that “false allegations” were levelled against him by the accused persons to tarnish his image. The court has asked the police to submit a report within four weeks.
“Keeping in view the fact that 15 out of 17 accused are residing outside the territorial jurisdiction of this court i.e. PS Tughlak Road and the fact that the law laid down in section 202 of the CrPC...it is directed that SHO, PS Tughlak Road (or his deputy) shall conduct an investigation qua (relating to) the allegations made in the complaint,” the court said.
The magistrate also directed the SHO to “investigate the role of each of the respondents qua the two cause of actions described in the complaint”, and asked the police to “seize the minutes of the meetings and other documents of the Broadcast Editors Association (BEA) regarding termination of the membership of the complainant (Chaudhary) and removal from the post of Treasurer, BEA.”