A file photo of CBI headquarters in Delhi. Photo: Mint (Photo: Mint)
A file photo of CBI headquarters in Delhi. Photo: Mint (Photo: Mint)

INX media case: Special court takes cognisance of chargesheet filed by CBI

  • The CBI during the hearing submitted that the offences related to seeking approval for excess amount of FDI, and then putting the excess money into the downstream firm without any sanction
  • P. Chidambaram would be produced as an accused in the court on 24 October

NEW DELHI : A special court on Monday took cognisance of the chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the corruption case pertaining to INX media case which involves former finance minister P. Chidambaram.

The senior Congress leader would be produced as an accused in the court on 24 October. Summons have been issued to other accused as well.

More than a month after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Chidambaram in the INX Media case, the agency on 18 October named 14 people in the chargesheet, including former finance minister and his son Karti Chidambaram.

The CBI chargesheet also named former NITI Aayog CEO and retired IAS officer Sindhushree Khullar, INX Media directors Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, besides Karti’s chartered accountant S. Bhaskar Raman.

The CBI counsel during the hearing on Monday submitted that the offences related to seeking approval for excess amount of foreign direct investment (FDI), and then putting the excess money into the downstream company without any sanction.

It was further submitted that the charge sheet had been filed for offences under section 120-B which relates to criminal conspiracy, along with section 420 (cheating) and 468 (forgery) among others. The 14 accused also include four companies and seven public servants.

Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar took cognisance of the case.

Chidambaram was taken into custody by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) following a parallel investigation into money laundering connected to the case.

CBI had registered a first information report on 15 May, 2017 for alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds of 305 crore in 2007 when Chidambaram was the finance minister in the United Progressive Alliance-1 government.

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