When Manish Tewari reminded Sudhir Chaudhary about his past extortion

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Manish Tewari, former I&B Minister, INC National spokesperson and a lawyer by profession, had put out a tweet on 17 September that many on social media platforms said was offensive and unbecoming of a leader of his stature.

Manish Tewari

Tiwari faced roasting from Twitter users who gave him grief allegedly demeaning the stature of an Indian National Congress spokesperson. Among those who trolled him on the microblogging site was Sudhir Chaudhary from Zee News. Chaudhary while criticising the language used by former UPA minister, also alleged that Tiwari had tried his best to get the license for Zee News cancelled, during his tenure as the I&B minister, until Supreme Court reportedly intervened.

He wrote, “Person using this unparliamentary language was I&B Minister in UPA Govt.Tried his best to get ZeeNews license cancelled until SC intervened.”

To this, Tewari hit back at Chaudhary calling his allegation as a lie and reminded how he was once arrested on charges of extortion.

He wrote, “This is a lie.This gentleman was arrested by the Delhi Police.His owner who came to meet me on recommendation of a colleague knows the truth.”

The former minister also confirmed that he was only taking action, since he had received a complaint from industrialist Navin Jindal, Chairman of Jindal Steel and Power, about an alleged extortion he was facing. He added that Zee group had panicked and approached SC then.

Once again Chaudhary retorted, asking him for a charge-sheet on the matter

Tewari then decided to elaborate more with a series of his tweets, suggesting Zee/Chaudhary and Jindal had a problem even before he became an I&B Minister. He even said that Chaudhary was unaware of many things, which were discussed between Zee/Jindal owners and Tiwari, where the latter had assured them of a fair response.

Chaudhary took the previous responses literally and questioned Tewari, who were his owners.

To this, the lawyer responded saying that if I&B ministry desired, the license could have been cancelled since there was no stay from the Supreme Court.

Tewari even confessed that despite pressures from Lok Sabha, he insisted that law would take its own course.

About Sudhir Chaudhary controversy :

The Delhi Police’s crime branch had arrested two editors, one being Sudhir Chaudhary and the other Samir Ahluwalia of the Zee group in November 2012, acting on a complaint by Congress MP Naveen Jindal who had accused the two of trying to extort Rs 100 crore worth of advertisements from his company in return for dropping stories linking the Jindal group with Coalgate.

Both editors had earlier denied the charges, calling it an attempt to target investigative journalism.

As reported by TOI, police had confirmed that the arrests were made after forensic experts submitted a report stating the CD submitted by Jindal, which contained audio and video recording of conversations between the Zee editors and Jindal’s officials, was “not doctored”. Jindal had claimed to have done a “reverse sting” on the journalists to expose them. In the video Sudhir and his former colleague were seen asking for Rs 100 crore to ensure that his channel carried favourable reports on the industrialist in coal scam case.

The arrested duo were sent to Tihar Jail by a Delhi court for a 14 days judicial custody. The matter is still sub judice.

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