Former media executive Indrani Mukerjea has reportedly claimed that Karti Chidambaram demanded $1 million from her, and that she paid him a part of this sum, at a hotel in New Delhi last year. After Firstpost reported on this allegation on 28 February, a confessional video, accessed by Times Now, depicts Indrani making the same allegation, adding that she "doesn't care" about her credibility being questioned by Karti, or his father, former finance minister P Chidambaram, because she recorded her testimony before a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.
Mukerjea, according to the on-camera revelation released by Times Now, also claimed that she met P Chidambaram in his North Block office.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 5, 2018
Responding to questions if she met P Chidambaram, she can be heard saying, "Yeah, in 2007."
When the reporter further probes her about what Chidambaram spoke to her about, she says, "You'll see. I can't. Please, I really can't. You know it is confidential (sic)."
The reporter then tells her that Karti Chidambaram has accused her of lying, to which she replies saying, "You'll see. You'll see this thing. He can say what he feels like."
The reporter then questions her if P Chidambaram asked her to help his son, and she replies, "Yeah, yeah, he did... I can't say this right now. Seriously, I can't. It's confidential (sic)."
This follows a week after the CBI and ED had both recorded similar statements from Indrani and her husband Peter. Chidambaram, according to Indrani and Peter's statement (to the ED), told the Mukerjeas to help Karti's business, and to make foreign remittances for this purpose, as reported by The Economic Times on 1 March.
In addition, Indrani is also believed to have told the judicial magistrate that she had paid an amount of $700,000 abroad in favour of Karti's companies. The agencies are further investigating the channel of payment of the "remaining" bribe, allegedly paid by the Mukerjeas to Karti. The statement assumes significance, especially since it alleges that the "bribe" paid to Karti was not merely Rs 10 lakh, but instead, $1 million was demanded.
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Updated Date: Mar 06, 2018 13:08:48 IST