In a major development in the INX Media case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the money-laundering is still going in the scam. The ED has made the sensational disclosure in the top court, asserting that it has direct evidence to confirm that the money-laundering is still going on, during the hearing against Congress leader P Chidambaram's petition. The Supreme Court is currently hearing the petition filed by Chidambaram in connection with the INX media case. While Chidambaram's lawyers have maintained that there are no properties abroad and no benami accounts owned by the former Union Minister amid the case, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated that ED has evidence on money-laundering going on to date in the case.
Earlier on Wednesday, the CBI had confronted the arrested former Finance Minister with former NITI Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar in connection with the INX Media case. Khullar was the additional secretary in the Finance Ministry when developments related to the INX Media allegedly took place in the ministry, the CBI officials said. According to her Executive Record sheet, she was the Additional Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs from April 11, 2007 to September 11, 2008. She arrived at the CBI headquarters in the morning but the questioning could not be completed as the officials had to take Chidambaram to a special court.
In a major setback for the senior Congress leader, the Special CBI court on Monday extended his CBI remand by 4 days in connection with the INX Media case. He is going to be produced before the court on August 30. On Monday, the Supreme Court had also dismissed Chidambaram's plea challenging the Delhi High Court's order which denied him anticipatory bail in connection with INX Media case. Chidambaram was detained by CBI officials from his Delhi residence on August 21 and has been in the custody of the probe agency since then. Furthermore, the Supreme Court had on Tuesday had extended the protection granted to Congress leader P Chidambaram till Wednesday in the INX Media money laundering case. The ED had lodged a money laundering case against Chidambaram in 2017.