CBI questions Chidambaram’s son Karti for seven hours

RSTV Bureau
Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, arrives at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarter in New Delhi on Wednesday in connection with INX Media case.

Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, arrives at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarter in New Delhi on Wednesday in connection with INX Media case.

Former finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti was today questioned for nearly seven hours in a corruption case of alleged clearance given to a media group owned by Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani for bringing foreign funds into their venture, CBI sources said.

Karti arrived at the CBI headquarters here around 11.30 am and was questioned extensively till 6.30 pm.

Three suspected associates of Karti – Bhaskar Raman, Ravi Vishwanathan and Mohanan Rakesh – were also questioned in connection with the case, the sources said.

They said all the four persons were questioned separately and information given by them is being scrutinised.

It is only after the analysis of their responses that a call will be taken whether further interrogation is required or not in the case, they said.

The sources said they have been asked to produce some documents which they have agreed to provide.

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.