New Delhi: Karti Chidambaram, the son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, on Thursday appeared before the ED in connection with its probe into the INX Media money laundering case.
Karti was summoned by the agency to appear before the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case. His authorised representative had met the IO on the last two occasions and the central probe agency had subsequently asked him to appear himself.
It is understood that the agency wants to put questions directly to Karti and hence wanted him to depose in person. The central probe agency had registered a case against him and others in May last year.
It had registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), the ED’s equivalent of a police FIR, against the accused named in a CBI complaint, including Karti, INX Media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea.
The ECIR was lodged under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The sources said that the ED is probing the alleged “proceeds of crime” generated in this case. It was the ED which had provided information about the alleged illegal payments made by INX Media, based on which the Central Bureau of Investigation had filed its FIR.
The CBI had also carried out searches at the homes and offices of Karti across four cities for allegedly receiving money from the media firm owned by the Mukerjeas to scuttle a tax probe.
The Chidambarams have denied all the charges made against them. The CBI had filed the FIR against Karti Chidambaram and the Mukerjeas on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, receiving illegal gratification, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct.
Last week, the ED had also searched the premises of Karti and those associated with him in a separate money laundering case pertaining to the Aircel-Maxis deal.
Updated Date: Feb 15, 2018 14:56 PM