In a major development, the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, in connection with the INX Media case.
It need be mentioned that Karti was arrested at the Chennai airport as soon as he got out of his flight from London.
CBI officials said that
Karti was arrested for not cooperating with investigations
CBI had, in May last year, filed an FIR against Karti and INX Media among others for alleged irregularities in FIPB approval given to the media house for foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2007.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), too, is probing Karti in the case under provisions of Prevention of Money Laudering Act (PMLA).
The agency had only last week arrested Karti’s chartered accountant Bhaskarraman. Bhaskaraman was arrested from right outside Karti’s hotel room in Delhi.
It was on ED’s reference that the case against Karti and INX Media was registered by the CBI.
After registering the FIR, CBI had conducted raids at premises linked to Karti and the residence of Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea among 14 locations spread across Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi NCR in connection with the case.
Denying any wrongdoing, Karti Chidambaram had then said that he is being targeted politically and personally to besmirch the name of my father.
Reacting to the raids, P Chidambaram, had said that the government’s aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organisations.
Both Peter and his wife Indrani, founders of INX Media, are accused in the Sheena Bora murder case and are lodged in jail in Mumbai.