Accused in Rs 100 crore extortion case against industrialist Naveen Jindal, Zee editor, Samir Ahluwalia has called it a day in Zee media, according to several media reports.
Ahluwalia had to go to Tihar jail with Zee colleague Sudhir Chaudhary in the said extortion case.
His resignation follows the admonishing by owner Subhas Chandra’s confidante last month, when both Ahluwalia and Chaudhary were told in no uncertain terms that the channel wouldn’t hesitate to sack them if it was required in the interest of the organisation.
In a specially convened meeting, Chandra’s close aide, Amit Jain, had said that the Zee owner was ‘not only unhappy but very distressed’ with the channel’s performance and growing negative perception about certain individuals.
According to a Zee staff, looking at Sudhir Chaudhary, Jain had said that there was no holy cow in the organisation and even ‘celebrity’ employees were likely to be shown the door if it was in the channel’s interests.
Jain then reportedly had a go at Ahluwalia adding that if Samir thought his job was safe because he was involved in the extortion case against Jindal, then it was a mistake on his part.
An embarrassed Chaudhary had then offered to resign.
Both Chaudhary and Ahluwalia had received setback from Supreme Court in July when the Chief Justice of India, Justice TS Thakur, came down heavily, directing them to follow the procedure or else they will be sent back to jail once again.