Congress leader P Chidambaram questioned by ED in INX Media case
The senior Congress leader and his son Karti Chidambaram are under the scanner of the CBI and the ED in connection with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX Media.
Former minister P Chidambaram was on Wednesday questioned in New Delhi by the Enforcement Directorate in the INX Media case, in which his son Karti Chidambaram is also an accused.
Chidambaram arrived at the agency’s office in Jamnagar House, near India Gate, at around 11:15 am along with his lawyer. This is the first time that the 73-year-old former finance and home minister was questioned by the ED in this case.
The senior Congress leader and his son are under the scanner of the CBI and the ED in connection with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX Media, a venture promoted by former media baron Peter Mukherjea and Indrani Mukerjea.
The alleged irregularities took place in 2007 when Chidambaram was the Finance Minister under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Last month, Delhi High Court extended the interim protection from arrest to Chidambaram till January 15 next year.
In October, the Enforcement Directorate attached assets worth Rs 54 crore of Karti Chidambaram in India, the UK and Spain in connection with the case, the action Karti said was “bizarre and outlandish”.
The properties included assets in Kodaikanal and Ooty in Tamil Nadu and a flat in New Delhi’s Jorbagh.
Karti Chidambaram was also arrested on February 28 by the CBI for allegedly taking money to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX Media in 2007. He was later granted bail.