INX media case : Chidambaram spends a quiet night at CBI headquarters

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NEW DELHI: Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram spent a quiet night in the CBI headquarters after his dramatic arrest in the INX Media corruption case.


Chidambaram, accompanied by the members of the investigation team, was brought to the CBI headquarters at around 10 Wednesday night

According to the official report, 73-year-old Chidambaram was kept in suite 5 of the guest house.

“It is normal for the agency to keep high security arrested accused in the guest house to ensure proper security and monitoring”, the officials said.

“After a thorough medical check-up by a doctor from the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, he was taken to the room. He remained silent except answering a few queries as and when questioned by the CBI officers”, they added.

As per the report, his questioning will start at around 10 on Thursday morning under DySP R Parthasarthy, who is leading the probe in the alleged corruption in Rs 305 crore clearance given to INX media.

The CBI had registered an FIR alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPM) clearance given to INX media to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Chidambaram was the finance minister.

“The firm once promoted by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, both in jail for murdering latter's daughter Sheena Bora, had allegedly made payments to a firm linked to finance minister's son Karti Chidambaram”, the CBI has said in the FIR.

Based on the FIR, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case against him.

His son Karti has also been named in two cases. He was arrested by the CBI on February 28, 2018, and was later released on bail.

However, P Chidambaram has strongly denied the allegations, saying the payments were for consultancy and his son was in no way associated with that company.

 

With inputs from PTI

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