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Karti in CBI custody: Here is what transpired during the questioning

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    Karti Chidambaram was subject to CBI interrogation today, a day after his custody was granted by a court till March 5. The CBI had arrested Karti in connection with the INX Media case earlier this week.

    Karti Chidambaram

    Following the arrest, he was remanded in CBI custody for a day, but the agency said that they could not question him enough. However, on Friday, the CBI began questioning Karti at around 8 am.

    Among the several questions posed to Karti, the one pertinent one related to the destruction of evidence. The CBI had accused him of going abroad and destroying evidence. It had told the court that a Lookout Circular had been issued against him so that he could not travel abroad.

    Karti however during the several hours of grilling said that he had gone abroad on business and there was no destruction of any records or evidence. He was further submitted documentary proof relating to the FIPB clearance given to the INX Media when he father was the union minister.

    CBI source part of the probe informed OneIndia that Karti was not being clear in his answers. He continues to deny any wrongdoing.

    The CBI will next bring him face to face with his chartered accountant, Bhaskararaman. During the questioning of the CA, the CBI had managed to get information on the money trail. The CBI had accused the CA of helping Karti park his wealth both in India and abroad.

    The CBI is also relying on a confessional statement made by Indrani Mukerjea who had said that she along with her husband Peter had sought Karti's help to get FIPB clearance. When the CBI officer was asked if Karti will be brought face to face with Indrani, he said that there is no such plan as of now. If the need is, it would be done, he also said.

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