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CBI asks Chidambaram to appear on June 6 for questioning in INX Media case

Chidambaram’s alleged role has come under the scanner in connection with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance of Rs 305 crore given to INX mediaa, a venture promoted by former media baron Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2018 22:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
CBI,Chidambaram,INX Media case
Former finance minister P Chidambaram’s alleged role has come under the scanner of investigating agencies in connection with FIPB clearance of Rs 305 crore given to INX Media. (PTI)

Former finance minister P Chidambaram has been asked by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to appear at its Delhi headquarters at Lodhi Road on June 6 for questioning in connection with alleged irregularities in the clearance of foreign investment in INX media,CBI sources said on Friday.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also summoned the senior Congress leader on June 5 in connection with the Rs 3,500 crore Aircel-Maxis case.

According to agency sources, Chidambaram was called for questioning on Thursday but he sought another date to comply with the probe agency.

According to the same sources, Chidambaram’s alleged role has come under the scanner in connection with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance of Rs 305 crore given to INX media, a venture promoted by former media baron Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani, both of whom are in jail for the murder of Sheena Bora.

The couple is also accused in the INX media case

On Thursday, the Delhi high court had granted Chidambaram interim protection from arrest till July 3 in the case.

The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15 last year for alleged irregularities in the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Chidambaram was the finance minister during the UPA-1 government.

His son, Karti, was also arrested in the case for allegedly receiving funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh.

Chidambaram could not be reached for comments.

First Published: Jun 01, 2018 19:55 IST