Karti Chidambaram claims sole link to INX Media was auditor friend
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Chennai: Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, on Saturday said his only link to INX Media, owned by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, was that his friend was its auditor.
“A friend of mine is the auditor of that television company and it is the only connection I have with that firm,” Chidambaram said, referring to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) naming him as an accused in the INX media case.
Chidambaram, who is now in London, said in a Facebook post that the CBI had “unnecessarily” included his name in the case. On 15 May, CBI had filed an FIR against Chidambaram, Indrani and Peter Mukerjea on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, receiving illegal gratification, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct.
According to the investigative agency, Chidambaram had allegedly received money from the media firm owned by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea to scuttle a tax probe, a charge denied by him. On Friday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had registered a money laundering case against Chidambaram and INX Media for alleged irregularities in the foreign investment promotion board’s (FIPB) approval for the company to get foreign direct investment.
Chidambaram said though this was a “corruption case, there are no details about which government official was bribed, they have just mentioned some unknown officials”. “I know how to handle this legally,” he said and asked why the officials who raided his premises had “not come out openly about what was seized from my house and what evidences they had got”.
“Only if they had got anything, could they be able to spell that out,” he said, apparently claiming that no seizure of evidential value was made. Chidambaram also said that he had not received any summons from CBI to appear before it in Delhi.