September 10, 2019

Central Bureau Of Investigation Special Court Allows The CBI To Question Approver Indrani In The INX Media Case

[ By Bobby Anthony ]


A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court has allowed the CBI to question former Indrani Mukerjea who has been jailed for allegedly killing her daughter Sheena Bora.

Special CBI Judge J C Jagdale has permitted the investigating agency to question Indrani Mukerjea inside the city's Byculla prison about the INX Media corruption case in which former union finance minister P Chidambaram has been arrested.

It may be recalled that Indrani Mukerjea and her husband Peter Mukerjea are former promoters of the INX Media Group.

Earlier, Indrani had recorded her confessional statement against Chidambaram and his son Karti after which she was made an approver in the corruption case.

The investigating agency had sought the CBI special court's permission to question Indrani Mukerjea, arguing that it wanted clarity on certain financial transactions in the INX Media corruption case.

Indrani Mukerjea had recorded her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, claiming she and her husband met Chidambaram at the latter's office in Delhi's North Block when he was the finance minister.

She also claimed in her statement that Chidambaram had asked her to ‘help’ his son Karti in his business and make overseas remittances in lieu of granting the Foreign Investment Promotion Board's (FIPC) approval to INX Media.

The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the INX Media Group for receiving overseas funds to the tuned of Rs 305 crore in 2007, when Chidambaram was union finance minister.

Later, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2018.

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