Zee Media refutes allegations by CBI
Zee Media refutes allegations by CBI, Essel Group Chairman, Dr Subhash Chandra on Monday refuted the contention by CBI director’s lawyer in the Supreme Court that Zee Media and its newspaper DNA was after Ranjit Sinha.
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New Delhi: Essel Group Chairman, Dr Subhash Chandra on Monday refuted the contention by CBI director’s lawyer in the Supreme Court that Zee Media and its newspaper DNA was after Ranjit Sinha.
"I am talking as a shareholder of Zee Media Corporation. I am not directly involved in any of Zee Media Corporation's TV channels, newspaper, online media and so on. I have given journalists all the freedom and have told them that they should do their work without fear and favour, keeping public interest in mind. I only expect the journalists as a shareholder that they will be honest and will not do any wrong story on anyone out of greed or write good about anyone.
As far as the CBI director is concerned I do not think that DNA has done the story on any wrong premise. If they had done so then we would have received at least 20-25 legal notices till now from them whose names have been given,” he said.
On whether the source of the story should be revealed, he said that the SC has said in the past that they would not compel journalists to reveal their sources. “In this case too I do not think the court will interfere. However, the SC can give any directions,” he said.
On the question of whether media should stop doing expose, Essel Group Chairman maintained that these were difficult times. “The expose that Zee Media did on coal scam, on that one party leveled wrong allegations on us in connivance with the UPA government. As if we were asking for money from them. On top of that Delhi Police filed a false FIR against us.
And then when they filed a chargesheet, then the trial court threw it out. Finally, the High Court told them to file a chargesheet, but the Delhi Police haven't done it till now as they have no evidence against us,” he said.
He added, “It is my duty as a shareholder to stand by journalists when they do expose. The company too stands by all. People who have filed wrong FIR against us will be caught.”
Essel Group Chairman also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that neither will he be corrupt, nor will he let anyone be corrupt and everyone welcomed that.
“As media it is our duty to stand by the PM as he cannot do everything alone,” he said.