Court dismisses Zee News plea in extortion case

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) A Delhi court Wednesday dismissed the plea of Zee News Ltd. seeking a direction to the CBI to lodge an FIR against Congress MP Naveen Jindal for allegedly trying to influence the hearing before the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) in connection with an alleged extortion bid case.

The court said that points raised for direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the matter against Jindal, his firm Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL) and its various officials were "ex-facie flimsy".

Special CBI Judge Dharmesh Sharma dismissing the plea said: "Last but not the least, the points that have been raised in the application for CBI investigation are ex-facie flimsy, appear to be vexatious and frivolous with the sole purpose of embarking on a fishing enquiry that shall be gross abuse and misuse of the process of law."

The judge said: "The present application under section 156 (3) of the CrPC as well as the complaint are dismissed."

Zee News Ltd. in its plea had alleged that Jindal had called the NBSA Chairman J.S. Verma, a former chief justice of India and tried to influence him in connection with the hearing of a matter pending before NBSA.

The court rejecting the contentions of channel said: "Adverting to the instant case, first thing first, in the proceedings that occurred before the NBSA vide item number 7 on Oct 31, 2012, there is no iota of mention about the alleged incident of accused number one (Jindal) approaching or attempting to approach the chairman of NBSA."

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