Reacting to former Finance Minister P.Chidambaram's arrest, former INX Media co-founder Indrani Mukerjea on Thursday has said, "Chidambaram's arrest is good news" outside the Mumbai's Sessions Court. The former Finance Minister is currently in CBI custody undergoing investigation in connection to the INX Media Case by officials till August 30. On Monday, the Special CBI court extended the CBI remand of the former Union Minister by 4 days. 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.
Earlier on last Thursday, PTI had reported that Indrani Mukherjea had told details of Chidambaram's involvement to the investigators probing the money laundering and corruption case related to the media firm. She had said that the former Finance Minister had asked for "helping" his son Karti's business and make overseas remittances in lieu of granting FIPB approval to INX Media. Mukerjea recorded her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and said she and her husband Peter Mukerjea met Chidambaram at his office in Delhi's North Block. Both P. Chidambaram and his son Karti have denied the allegations.
"Peter started the conversation with Mr P. Chidambaram referring to the application of INX Media for bringing in FDI. He handed copy of the application to Mr P. Chidambaram. After having understood the issue, Mr P. Chidambaram told Peter to help his son Karti in his business and make possible overseas remittances in lieu of FIPB approval," Indrani said in her statement to the Enforcement Directorate (ED). She was arrested on 25 August 2019.
The Mukerjeas were the promoters of the INX Media group and are facing charges of allegedly killing their daughter Sheena Bora. In 2008, Indrani said in the statement reported by PTI, when they came to know that there were alleged irregularities in the FIPB approval request, Peter decided that they should approach P. Chidambaram to "resolve" these issues." Peter said that the alleged violations can be regularised with Karti P. Chidambaram's help and advice to resolve these issues related to FIPB," she said.
Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court while dismissing Chidambaram's plea challenging the Delhi High Court's order which denied him anticipatory bail said that the Congress leader could move for a regular bail at an appropriate court. The apex court said that his petition against the CBI became infructuous since Chidambaram had been arrested on August 21 by the central agency. Chidambaram's counsel and Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi pleaded with the Supreme Court to reverse Chidambaram's arrest and that status quo before the arrest be restored, but the top court dismissed the plea against the CBI. Delhi HC had previously denied Chidambaram an anticipatory bail for his arrest by CBI and ED.