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Coalgate: Naveen Jindal attacks Zee News team

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Naveen JindalIndustrialist and Congress MP Naveen Jindal on 10-09-2012 manhandled with a team of Zee News journalists after they sought clarification from him on the allegations levelled against his company in alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocks. On the sidelines of an event , Zee News team wanted Jindal's views on the allegation that his company Jindal Power and Steel (JPL) got coal for its power plant at cheap rates but sold power at high rates.Following the incident, Jindal remained unavailable for comment even as the Congress apologized on behalf of the party.

However, Jindal clearly appeared upset at Zee News for keeping the focus on the issue.

The incident took place when a team of journalists from Zee News caught up with the owner of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) at a function in Le Meridien hotel. The channel claimed that its reporter sought clarifications from Jindal on the allegations levelled against his company in the coal block scam.When Zee News journalist Deepak Sahu sought the clarification over the issue, Jindal first asked the reporter his professional antecedents and when the reporter identified himself, the Congress MP first refused to the channel, saying: "Zee News has been showing all rubbish on its channel."

On being pointed out that some other channels have also taken up the issue, Jindal lost his cool. An angry Jindal misbehaved with the Zee News team and pushed the cameraperson and asked threateningly: "What is this you are coming to this program...what are you doing?"

Jindal is under fire after it came to light that JPL was the first Indian power company to operate on a "merchant power" basis, which allowed it to sell electricity at a market rate that was higher than the rate at which power regulators fixed tariff for companies selling power to states through long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).

In his clarification, Jindal had said: "The success of Jindal Power is due to efficient planning, implementation and operations, not because of so called cheap coal."

Source- Zee news


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