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Lachlan Murdoch denies lobbying News Corp's 'vote deal' with ex- Oz senator

London, Nov 27 (ANI): Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's eldest son, Lachlan has denied allegations that he was present during a meeting where a News Corp executive offered a former Australian senator a favourable newspaper coverage in return for political support.

The denial comes amid an investigation by Australian police into claims made by Bill O'Chee, a former lawmaker from Queensland state, that Lachlan was present when an executive from the family's News Corporation made the proposal along with a promise of a 'special relationship'.

"I have never been involved in lobbying O'Chee on any issue," the Wall street Journal quoted Lachlan, as saying.

O'Chee claimed that Malcolm Colless, then director of corporate development for News Ltd, News Corp's Australian subsidiary, asked him during a lunch on June 13 1998, to vote against his conservative government's legislation on the creation of digital TV in Australia, specifically a bill called the Television Broadcasting Services (Digital Conversion) Bill.

Details of O'Chee's allegations were made in a nine-page sworn statement that was published by Fairfax Media newspapers, a rival of News Corp. (ANI)