ED questions Indrani in case involving Karti

ED questions Indrani in case involving Karti
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday questioned Indrani Mukerjea in connection with a money-laundering case that also involves Karti Chidambaram, the son of senior Congress leader and former Union finance minister P Chidambaram.
 
Indrani, her husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea, their company INX Media and the latter's son from first marriage Rabin Mukerjea, are linked to the money-laundering case.
 
In May 2017, the ED had booked Peter and Indrani, directors in INX Media, and Karti under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
 
On Thursday, ED's counsel Hiten Venegaokar had an application before the special CBI court seeking permission to record Indrani's statement in INX Media case.
 
Additional Sessions Judge J C Jadgale allowed the ED to record her statement at Byculla jail, where she has been lodged.
 
On Friday, Indrani's statement was recorded. However, this information was neither confirmed nor denied by ED authorities.
 
Peter, Indrani and her first husband Sanjeev Khanna are in judicial custody in connection with the murder of Sheena Bora and an attempt to murder Mikhail Bora, the daughter and son of Indrani with her first partner Siddhartha Das.
 
The three accused are currently in judicial custody. Indrani is in Byculla jail, while Peter and Sanjeev are in Arthur Road prison.
 
The CBI, in its chargesheet, has noted that Sheena could have been murdered because of financial reasons.
 
Suspecting financial misappropriation, the ED had contended that the Mukerjeas had "allegedly siphoned off GBP 90 million and the money is suspected to have gone to foreign countries through unauthorised routes of hawala, etc."
 
Following the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance, the INX Media had received Foreign Direct Investment for Rs 46.20 million, but it actually received an FDI of Rs 3,053.60 million between August 2007 and May 2008, the ED had said.
 
Accordingly, the excess foreign exchange equivalent to Rs 3004.40 million, beyond the disclosed permitted foreign investment, was received by INX Media from three Mauritius-based investors, according to the ED. Rabin was managing the funds in the form of bonds in New Zealand.

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