The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 18th October filed a charge sheet before a Delhi High court against P Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case. The charge sheet filed before Judge Lal Singh.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram misused his official position in granting approval to an FDI proposal of INX Media and INX News Pvt Ltd in lieu of "illegal gratification" in India and through offshore payments, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claimed in its charge sheet filed against him and 13 others in the INX Media corruption case.
The charge sheet in which 74-year old Chidambaram, his son Karti and 12 others including bureaucrats were accused of causing loss to the exchequer by committing offences under the (PC) Prevention of Corruption Act was filed in a court on a day the Supreme Court reserved its verdict on the Congress veteran's plea against the Delhi HC order denying him bail in the corruption case.
The name of Indrani Mukerji, a former promoter of INX Media and an accused-turned approver, also appears in the final report.
The other accused named in the charge sheet are Sindhushree Khullar, the then Department of Economic Affairs(DEA), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance(MoF); INX Media Pvt Ltd, presently 9X Media Pvt Ltd, INX News Pvt Ltd, presently Direct News; Chess Management Services Pvt Ltd etc. Other than these, the agency also named a few companies, including Karti Chidambaram-controlled (ASCL) Advantage Strategic Consulting and Chess Management Services. ASCL and Chess Management allegedly received kickbacks through a complex structure.
The court had on 17th October allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to quiz Chidambaram till 24th October and extended his judicial custody in the INX corruption case lodged by the CBI till the same date.
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, currently in Enforcement Directorate custody, spent 55 days in the CBI and judicial custody.
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