The former finance minister P Chidambaram stands formally accused in a case after the CBI on Friday named him, along with 13 others in a chargesheet filed in the INX Media case.
The chargesheet, filed in Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court, will be taken up on Monday and includes the names of the Congress leader’s son Karti Chidambaram, former TV executives Peter Mukherjea and Indrani Mukerjea, the latter two are lodged in jail on multiple charges including murder.
A Delhi special court yesterday sent him to custody under ED till October 24 in the same case. The probe agency had sought 14 days of custody of the former FM. The ED arrested him after interrogation in Tihar jail on Wednesday where he has been lodged since September 5.
Shortly after his arrest, the ED had filed a plea before special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar seeking a 14-day custodial interrogation of the 74-year-old Congress leader.
The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram’s tenure as the finance minister.
Chidambaram, 74, was arrested by the CBI on August 21 and remained in custody till Wednesday, when he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate.
—India Legal Bureau