The CBI has made the statement of Indrani Mukherjee, the basis of the arrest of Congress veteran and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. In which Indrani Mukherjee said in front of P. Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram that Indrani knew Karti as P. Chidambaram only on P. Chidambaram's request that she come to meet Karti Chidambaram. Karti's number was also given to him by his father. This statement of Indrani Mukherjee had increased the difficulties of P. Chidambaram. The same statement carried the hand of the CBI to the neck of P. Chidambaram.
CBI investigating INX Media case. Indrani Mukherjee and Karti, who was lodged in the murder of their daughter Sheena Bora in Mumbai jail, were confronted.
Sources reveal that in this interrogation, Indrani Mukherjee clearly stated that Karti had demanded USD one million for the approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board for INX Media.
Karti's father P. Chidambaram had given Indrani Mukherjee to talk to him in this matter while giving his son's number. In the interrogation before the CBI, Indrani said that Karti's number was also provided to him by his father and then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.
During the interrogation, Indrani Mukherjee said that she gave money to Karti when she was a director at INX Media. INX Media was later named 9X.
While confronting Karti and Indrani, the CBI also realized the fact that the second instalment of the bribe was given when Indrani Mukherjee was no longer the director of the company.
CBI confronts Indrani and Karti Chidambaram in Byculla Women's Jail in Mumbai The fact of the interrogation that lasted nearly four hours led to Karti's arrest. Today when the hands of the CBI have reached the neck of P. Chidambaram, this is also the basis of this inquiry.
Significantly, Karti was arrested from Chennai Airport on his return from London. Earlier, ED had registered a case against Karti and others in May 2017 and on 19 January 2018, they were questioned by the ED for nearly 11 hours.
Karti's arrest comes after Indrani and Karti Chidambaram were confronted because of allegations that they had taken money from INX, a media company owned by Peter and Indrani Mukherjee, to evade tax scrutiny. However, Karthi and his father P. Chidambaram have consistently denied the allegations levelled against him.
P. Chidambaram was the finance minister at the time the fund received the approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board for INX Media. The FIRs filed by the CBI, in this case, included the names of Indrani Mukherjee, Peter Mukherjee and Karti Chidambaram.
Sources reveal that in this case there has been the fact that the terms of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board were violated to get investment from Mauritius. Apart from this, the effect was also used to manipulate the ongoing tax investigation against INX Media and the money was taken in return.
Sources also say that the CBI also allegedly received vouchers worth Rs 10 lakh which were given in place of the services. The CBI had alleged that these vouchers were given to Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd and the company is indirectly owned by Karti.