2-Day remand for Zee Journalists, Is it a plot to gag media?

Media Status at Risk: November 28, 2012 , News n Analysis by Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist, on the ill – fate of Zee News editor and business head, Sudhir Chaudhary and Zee Business editor and business head Sameer Ahluwalia? They are remanded to police custody for two days? What is the reaction of Zee News?

So far courts in India are concerned, they are respected and looked upon with high esteem, Judiciary is one of the three pillars of democracy, and hence nothing can be commented.

All journalists across the country pay due regard to the Judiciary and I am one of them. Still the right of Zee News is very much there to shed their inner feelings whether the allegation is correct or manipulated.

The two journalists of Zee News on Wednesday were remanded in police custody for two days by the order of a local court after the crime branch of the Delhi police pressed that they wanted to question them to dig out the alleged “larger conspiracy” in the extortion case involving Congress MP Naveen Jindal.

Zee News has denied the allegations and countered that the arrests were in fact an attempt to humiliate the media on the basis of a fraudulent and contrived complaint.

There was an allegation in the complaint lodged by Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) on October 2 that two journalists from Zee News had demanded Rs. 100 crore in the committed advertising form and in return the channel promise to drop an investigation; no negative reporting from their side in the case of allotment of coal blocks by the UPA government.

Zee has denied the allegations and said the arrests are an attempt to gag the media on the basis of a fraudulent complaint.

Both journalists of Zee News were booked under sections 384 (extortion), 420 (cheating), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC. Their names were mentioned in the FIR filed by the HR head of JSPL.

The Media world is to wait and see the results of the Police Interrogation.

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Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist

About Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist

Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist, Ph.D., D. Litt., D Sc. (H.C), Editor-in-Chief of International Reporter, Chairman Media International Ltd., Born on 15 January 1927 in Montgomery, now in Pakistan. Internationally known, man of letters with over dozen of books and thousands of articles to his credit on various subjects including theories on the Creation of the Universe, the Black Holes, Supernovas and other functions of the Universe, Nature and Life , which he described both ways, philosophically and scientifically. He further elaborated how the entire Cosmos were formed. He holds spiritual wisdom of predicting and curing powers of the human problems, so much so, he is popularly known as Destiny Repairer, hence people call him with respect as Swamy Ji. He got the privilege of leading various Parliamentary Delegations abroad on good will missions; he also got the privilege of being invited by differnt Heads of State on state visits. He is the Founder of God Believers (GBA) who place belief in “FAITH”, Universal Modern Religion. FAITH is not a religion but a human service, an encyclopedia of creating healthy balance between Science and God. The main purpose of this mission is to defend the Identity of God from Scientists on one hand and to help fight Global Environmental Abuses, to create awareness of high risks of Excessive Nuclear Stockpiles, global service to the Human Rights and Justice on the other. He is a very simple man, he commands special respect as a holy man with high spiritualism and people address him as His Holiness. He is equally dedicated to the cause of media and journalism where he has been serving the people through his writing for over 50 years; he has also served as Member of Press Council of India. His main aim is to serve the humanity and all kinds of life on the Earth, to serve the elders, women and children, the blind, crippled, lepers and the needy, he is committed to save the Mother Earth from the abuses caused by humans and the nature through the social mission of God Believers (GBA), which also serves the World Peace. In short, he is a global social reformer. Google