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Have 'no connection' with INX media case: Karti Chidambaram


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Congress MP Karti Chidambaram, who is currently being interrogated in INX media scam, on Wednesday said he has "no connection" with the case.
On being asked if INX media case will continue to trouble him even after his win in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, Karti said: "No. In no way, I am connected with the case. I do not have anything with that matter."
Karti, the son of Congress leader P Chidambaram, has been questioned on several occasions in the INX media case in which the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are probing how Karti managed to obtain clearance to the tune of Rs 305 crore from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in 2007 when his father was the finance minister.
As Karti has won Sivaganga parliamentary seat by over 3 lakh votes, Special CBI Judge Anurag Sain today asked the investigating agency if Karti's case should be heard by a special court as he is an elected MP now.
On this, CBI lawyer said, Karti has not yet taken an oath. Thus, he cannot have privileges of MP including special court as for now.
Sain has asked CBI to get clarification if CBI court has jurisdiction to hear a case against Karti.
The ED had registered a PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) case based on the FIR by the CBI and alleged that irregularities took place in the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds.
Karti was arrested on February 28, 2018, but was later granted bail.
The ED has claimed the probe showed that for the FIPB approval, then INX Media directors Peter and Indrani Mukerjea had met P Chidambaram to get their application expedited.
The ED has attached properties worth Rs 54 crore belonging to Karti Chidambaram and a firm in connection with the case. It has also attached properties belonging to Mukherjea in connection with the case.

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First Published: May 29 2019 | 5:30 PM IST

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