CBI files, cheating and corruption charges, FIR against Karti Chidambaram

The Economic Offences Wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P. Chidambaram; M/s INX Media (P) Ltd., represented by its then directors Indrani Mukherjea and Pritam Mukherjea alias Peter Mukherjea; Chess Management Services (represented through its director Mr. Karti Chidambaram); Advantage Strategic Consultancy (P) Ltd., represented through its director Padma Vishwanathan and others; besides unknown Finance Ministry officials on the charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and corruption.

In its FIR, the agency has named Karti, Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, Padma Vishwanathan of Advantage Strategic Consulting and unknown officials of the finance ministry. They have been booked for criminal conspiracy, among other things. In its FIR against Karti and others, the CBI alleged that at least Rs 3.5 crore was paid by INX Media, promoted by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, to companies directly or indirectly controlled by Karti to influence the FIPB decision. Peter and Indrani are already in jail, charged with the murder of the latter’s daughter Sheena Bora.

Special teams on Tuesday conducted simultaneous searches on the premises of the accused in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai in connection with alleged irregularities in foreign direct investments to the tune of ₹305 crore in INX Media and INX News.

 

Source: TOI, The Hindu