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ED questions P Chidambaram in INX Media PMLA case


Former Union minister P Chidambaram was Wednesday questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the INX Media money laundering case, official sources said.

He arrived at the agency's office in Jamnagar House, near India Gate, around 11:15 am along with his lawyer.

Chidambaram left the ED office after about five hours, they said.

This is the first time that the 73-year-old former finance and home minister is being grilled by the ED in this case.

Sources said the senior Congress leader was asked to depose before the investigating officer (IO) of the case to record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and was given a time for Wednesday.

He is understood to have been asked questions with regard to statements given by his son Karti in this case earlier and few other accused.

It has earlier questioned him in the Aircel-Maxis PMLA case.

The Delhi High Court, last month, had extended till January 15 the interim protection from arrest granted to Chidambaram on his plea seeking anticipatory bail in the INX Media case lodged by both the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The court had also directed him to cooperate with the investigation.

The ED has questioned Karti Chidambaram in the INX Media case in the past and has also attached his assets, estimated at Rs 54 crore, located in India and abroad.

The ED had registered a PMLA case in this deal case on the basis of a CBI FIR and had alleged that irregularities took place in the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was the Union finance minister.

It had registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), the ED's equivalent of a police FIR, against the accused named in a CBI complaint, including Karti Chidambaram, INX Media and its directors Peter and Indrani Mukerjea.

Karti Chidambaram was also arrested on February 28 by the CBI for allegedly taking money to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX Media in 2007. He was later granted bail.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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