INX Media bribery: Chidambaram, Karti, family’s Accountant, Peter, six finance ministry officials & four companies charge-sheeted

With the CBI filing a charge sheet on the Chidamabarams and others in the INX Media bribe, the noose is tightening

With the CBI filing a charge sheet on the Chidamabarams and others in the INX Media bribe, the noose is tightening
With the CBI filing a charge sheet on the Chidamabarams and others in the INX Media bribe, the noose is tightening

Within 60 days of arrest, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday charge-sheeted the former Finance and Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram in the INX Media bribery case along with his son Karti Chidambaram and the TV channel company’s promoter Peter Mukerjea. A total of 10 persons and four companies are charge-sheeted including the former Finance Minister. Others are Bhaskararaman (Chartered Accountant of Chidambaram family), Government officials Sidhushree Khullar, Anoop Poojari, Prabodh Saxena, P K Bagga, Rabindra Prasad, Ajit Kumar Dungdung, also accused in the charge sheet.

The companies booked are INX Media Private Limited (now named as 9X Media Ltd.), INX News Pvt. Ltd. (now named as Direct News Pvt. Ltd.) and bribe-money routed Karti’s firms Chess Management Services Pvt. Ltd. and Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt. Ltd.

Retired IAS officer and former Niti Ayog CEO Sindushree Khullar was a close confidant of Chidambaram and was an Additional Secretary in the Finance Ministry when INX Media bribery scam happened. Anoop K Pujari IAS was Joint Secretary in Finance Ministry and IAS officer Prabodh Saxena was the then Director in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Other officers of FIPB mentioned as accused were the then Under Secretary Rabindra Prasad and then Section Officer Ajit Kumar Dungdung. Chidambaram’s minion and former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Finance Ministry, P K Bagga is also named as an accused. Bagga later worked as a consultant in the renowned law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, which was many times represented by Chidambaram as Advocate. The accused are charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC provisions of criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery.

The trial court is expected to hear CBI’s preliminary arguments on the charge sheet on October 21st. The CBI is expected to file an additional charge sheet after the completion of probes related to the money trail by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Currently, the CBI has shown the money trail of Rs.9.9 lakhs from INX Media to Karti’s firm Advantage Consulting. CBI is expected to file the money trail of Rs.3.4 crores to Karti’s other firm Chess Management soon. According to investigators, the agency is waiting for replies to the Letters Rogatory (LR) from the foreign banks on these payments to Karti’s firm.

The agency is also corroborating the confession of approver Indrani Mukerjea who informed the investigators that she paid 5 million dollars (Rs.25 crores) to Karti and Chidambaram suggested firms in offshore tax havens.

The INX Media bribery case was unearthed by the ED’s Investigating Officer Rajeshwar Singh during the raid at Chidambaram’s home and Karti’s firms in connection with the probe on Aircel-Maxis scam[1].

The Enforcement Directorate will also charge sheet the father and son duo in the coming months for money laundering related crimes in the INX Media bribery case. The ED has already attached Rs.54 crores worth properties in Ooty, Delhi, London, and Spain in this matter. Chidambaram and Karti already charge-sheeted by CBI and ED in the Aircel-Maxis scam.  Karti, his mother Nalini and his wife Srinidhi are already charge-sheeted under the Black Money Act.

References:

[1] INX Media bribery case – CBI seeks Sanction for Prosecution against four officers for conniving with corrupt ChidambaramJun 20, 2019, PGurus.com

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7 COMMENTS

  1. A minor error. $ 5 Mn is approximately Rs 35 crores and not Rs 25 crores.
    Incidentally PK Bagga I believe was on deputation to the Finance Ministry. Do such people on deputation have authority/ power to influence such a major post facto approval to raise FDI funds, far more than what was originally sanctioned?

  2. Good CBI filed Chargesheet in 60 days. If Jaitley was alive, he will make it delay to provide bail to Chidambaram. Anyway of Arun Jaitley was alive (admitted hospital in Coma Stage on August 9), he would have prevented arrest of his closest buddy Chidambaram.

  3. The current BJP Government has given adequate time of five years and support in myriad ways to P. Chidambaram and his prodigal son to fly in and out of India around 40 times. Adequate time has been given to erase the evidence of high level of corruption. P. Chidambaram is a classy pompous, arrogant crook adept in the art to wade through the rough seas having his way. He could twist the arms of Arun Jaitley. When the going was bad, he still could get his way with the Congress High Command, get seat for Karti and bring his good for nothing son to walk to Lok Sabha like a Jackal. He has the overwhelming Cooperation and Commitment of his Companion Chettinad and Congress Chamcha Connection across the globe to Conceal all his life long Collection Conserved for ever. He will come out of the scandal intact being a clever crook and Karma will catch up with him only in his next birth. He is born to maim and taunt BJP, RSS, Hindu activists, PGurus etc. Believe me, the day is not far off when PC and Karti C will land in Meenambakkam airport to arousing welcome as the son-dad duo put up their hands in unison with their V sign having a hearty laugh at poor Indians gathered to receive them. This is what is Kali Yuga at its peak.

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