Court Allows CBI To Question ‘Approver’ Indrani In INX Case
A special court on Monday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation to question former media baron Indrani Mukerjea, jailed for allegedly killing her daughter, in connection with the INX Media corruption case, in which former Union finance minister P Chidambaram has been arrested.
Indrani Mukerjea and her husband Peter Mukerjea, a co- accused in the murder case of her daughter, are former promoters of the INX Media Group.
Indrani Mukerjea had recorded her confessional statement against Chidambaram and his son Karti following which she was made an "approver" in the graft case.
The CBI on Monday sought the court's permission to question Indrani Mukerjea, saying they want clarity on certain financial transactions as part of the corruption case.
Special CBI Judge JC Jagdale permitted the central agency to question Indrani Mukerjea inside Mumbai’s Byculla prison where she is lodged under judicial custody in the murder case of her daughter Sheena Bora.
The 47-year-old former media executive can be questioned between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the court said.
Chidambaram was arrested on Aug. 21 by CBI in the INX Media corruption and money-laundering case. The Congress leader is lodged in Delhi's Tihar jail under judicial custody.
Indrani Mukerjea had recorded her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, claiming she and her husband met Chidambaram at the latter's office in Delhi's North Block when he was the finance minister.
She also claimed in her statement that Chidambaram had asked her to help his son Karti in his business and make overseas remittances in lieu of granting Foreign Investment Promotion Board's approval to INX Media.
Indrani Mukerjea, Peter Mukerjea and her former partner are facing trial here in the Sheena Bora murder case.
The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance granted to the INX Media Group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as the finance minister.
Thereafter, the Enforcement Directorate lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2018.
Chidambaram, 73, and his son have denied any wrongdoing. The Congress has termed the action of probe agencies against Chidambaram as "political vendetta".