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INX media case: ED grills Indrani Mukherjea inside Byculla jail, to quiz her again on 6 December

Mumbai: A team of Enforcement Directorate on Friday interrogated Indrani Mukerjea, inside the Byculla women's jail, in connection with a money laundering case lodged against her, official sources said.

A special CBI court—conducting the trial in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, in which Indrani, her husband Peter Mukerjea and former husband Sanjeev Khanna are the prime accused—on Thursday granted permission to the Enforcement Directorate to question her for two days.

File image of Indrani Mukerjea. PTI

File image of Indrani Mukerjea. PTI

The interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate pertains to a case it had registered in May under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against several persons, including the Mukerjea couple, their company INX Media, former Union Minister P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram and others.

Charging them of financial misappropriation, the Enforcement Directorate had contended that the Mukerjeas had "allegedly siphoned off £90 million and the money is suspected to have gone to foreign countries through the unauthorized route of hawala".

Following the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance, the INX Media had received Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) for Rs 46.20 million, but it actually received FDI of Rs 3,053.60 million between August 2007 and May 2008, the Enforcement Directorate had said.

Accordingly, this excess foreign exchange equivalent to Rs 3,004.40 million, beyond the disclosed the permitted foreign investment, was received by INX Media from three Mauritius-based investors, according to the Enforcement Directorate.

While Rabin, Peter's son from a previous marriage, was managing the funds in the form of bonds in New Zealand, the trio of Peter, Indrani and Rabin laundered money and were involved in transactions in Britain linked with illegal funds generated from India, said the Enforcement Directorate.

The next round of Enforcement Directorate interrogation will be conducted on 6 December, as per the court orders.

Updated Date: Nov 24, 2017 22:20 PM

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