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INX Media Case: Karti Chidambaram To Confront Indrani Mukerjea In Mumbai's Byculla Jail

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| March 4 , 2018 , 13:56 IST

Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, was brought to Mumbai by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday in connection with the INX Media alleged bribery case.

Karti will be brought face-to-face with key accusers Indrani and Peter Mukerjea at the Byculla jail where the couple is awaiting trial in the murder case of Indrani's daughter Sheena Bora.

The CBI arrested Karti Chidambaram on February 28, based on a statement made by Indrani Mukerjea, alleging that they paid $7 lakh to him on the directions of his father, then finance minister P Chidambaram. Indrani claimed that they made the payment as quid pro quo for Foreign Investment Promotional Board (FIPB) clearance for INX Media, headed by Peter and her.

Both Indrani and Peter alleged that they met P Chidambaram at his North Block office in 2007, seeking clearance for foreign investments in their media company after the Income Tax department detected irregularities.

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Indrani and Peter then claimed that Chidrambaram asked them to "help the business of his son and make foreign remittances for the purpose," after which they met Karti at a 5-star hotel in Delhi.

Although Karti allegedly demanded $1 million, Indrani says in her statement to the CBI and Enforcement Directorate that they made a payment of $7 lakh to bank accounts of overseas firms linked to Karti.

Meanwhile, Karti's lawyer Abhishek Singhvi claims that Indrani Mukerjea made the allegations under the pressure of the CBI. The CBI prosecutor Tushar Mehta rejected the claims of Singhvi, saying that Indrani was not in CBI custody but in judicial custody when she made her statements.  

The Congress has alleged that the arrest of Karti Chidambaram and the statements against him is a part of 'divisionary' tactics of the BJP and a part of a 'vendetta' against Congress party leaders.