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INX media case: Karti Chidambaram grilled for 7 hours by CBI


The CBI on Monday questioned Karti Chidambaram, former minister P Chidambaram's son for seven hours in a corruption case related to alleged irregularities in FIPB clearance to INX Media in 2007.

Karti Chidambaram

Karti arrived at the CBI headquarters here at around 11.30am.

Three suspected associates of Karti --Bhaskar Raman, Ravi Vishwanathan and Mohanan Rakesh are also being questioned today in connection with the case, the sources said.

The agency is examining him in connection with a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to media group INX Media for receiving funds from Mauritius when his father P Chidambaram was the Union finance minister.

The sources said a firm "indirectly controlled" by Karti received money from INX Media, run by the Mukerjeas, who are currently in jail, charged with the murder of Indrani's daughter.

The CBI had also questioned Karti on August 23.

P Chidambaram had earlier issued a strong statement in response to CBI's FIR against Karti, saying the government was using the CBI and other agencies to target his son.

The FIPB approval was granted in "hundreds of cases", the senior Congress leader had said.

On Wednesday, the CBI had grilled Karti for 8 hours and fired 100 questions related to the case. Most of the questions that the CBI asked were relating to the money allegedly received by him for his services, his indirect control in firm instrumental in the deal - Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd (ASCPL) and his email conversations with directors of ASCPL in which Karti was giving instructions on various business deals.


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