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INX Media case probe: CBI takes Karti Chidambaram to Mumbai's Byculla prison, confronts him with Indrani Mukerjea

Mumbai: Karti Chidambaram, arrested in the INX Media case, was on Sunday brought to the Byculla prison and confronted with Indrani Mukerjea as part of the CBI's probe into the matter, a senior official said. Karti Chidambaram, the son of senior Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram, was brought to the jail in central Mumbai around 11.15 am by a six-member team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), he said.

File image of Karti Chidambaram. News18

File image of Karti Chidambaram. News18

The official said Karti and Indrani were brought face-to-face and questioned by the CBI team for about four hours. Indrani, a former director of INX Media (P) Ltd, is lodged in the jail in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case. After the questioning, the CBI team left the prison along with Karti and headed towards the Mumbai airport.

While entering the prison, Karti waved at the media persons who had assembled outside the high security prison. Karti and Indrani were questioned by the CBI as a part of its probe in the INX Media deal in which the former allegedly received kickbacks.

The doors of the prisons were shut and no other person from outside was allowed to enter the premises when the two were questioned, the official said. The CBI team came out of the prison around 3.15 pm and a smiling Karti waved again at the media persons while standing on the footboard of a car being used by the agency.

He was asked by the CBI officials to get down from the footboard before they left the jail premises. Karti was arrested by the CBI on 28 February after a confessional statement was given by Indrani before a magistrate. He was sent to five-day CBI custody on 1 March. Karti, 46, was arrested at Chennai airport on his return from the United Kingdom, in connection with the FIR lodged on 15 May alleging irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds worth about Rs 305 crore in 2007 when his father was the Union finance minister.

It is alleged that Karti had received funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh in the case, officials had earlier said. The fresh evidence in the case, which triggered his arrest, was based on the statement of Indrani, who recorded it under Section 164 of Code of Criminal Procedure before a magistrate on 17 February. The CBI alleged that Karti Chidambaram also received money from INX media to scuttle a tax probe. The firm was owned at the time by former media baron Peter Mukerjea and Indrani, who are currently in jail on charges of murdering Indrani's daughter Sheena Bora. The Enforcement Directorate has also registered a money laundering case.

The CBI and the ED had carried out a series of searches at the houses and offices owned by the Chidambarams. Karti Chidambaram was questioned several times by the ED. A Delhi court had on March 1 allowed the custodial interrogation of Karti by the CBI for five days, saying there was a need to unearth the larger conspiracy in the INX Media case and his presence would serve some important purposes connected with the investigation. The court had said his CBI custody was necessary to confront him with documents and the co-accused, as well as to probe the role of others involved in the case.

Updated Date: Mar 04, 2018 18:26 PM

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