Chidambarams charged in INX case, accused of taking Rs 10 lakh

New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, his son Karti, and 13 others including senior bureaucrats and private companies were accused of causing losses to the government in a charge-sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) before a Delhi court on Friday in the INX Media corruption case.

The charge-sheet, which was filed before a special court and will take up the case on Monday, alleges the Chidambarams received Rs. 9.96 lakh as bribes in 2008 to facilitate illegal foreign investment in INX Media a company founded by Peter and Indrani Mukherjea.

Indrani Mukerjea is among 15 named in the charge-sheet but will not be tried. The charge-sheet, filed before a special court in Delhi, lists Indrani Mukerjea as an accused who has “turned approver and pardoned”. The accused in the charge-sheet include Peter Mukherjea; ex-NITI Ayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar, INX Media; INC News; Chess Management Services; Advantage Strategic Consulting; former and current government officials Ajit Kumar Dungdung, Rabindra Prasad, PK Bagga, Prabodh Saxena, Anoop K Pujari and chartered accountant S Bhaskaraman.

Indrani Mukerjea, who has turned approver against Chidambaram, appears in the list but does not face charges. Both Peter and Indrani Mukerjea are currently in jail in the case involving the murder of Indrani’s daughter Sheena Bora.

The charges against the accused include criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and accepting bribes.

The CBI has also accused Karti Chidambaram of floating a shell company to receive illegal pay-offs masked as consultancy fees and other payments. While Indrani Mukerjea had claimed to have paid $5 million as bribes to the Chidambarams in offshore accounts, CBI sources told NDTV that the agency is awaiting details on the payments from foreign governments.

Lost five kg in 43 days in jail

Chidambaram told SC that in last 43 days in jail, he had lost five kg weight and suffered two bouts of illness. Chidambaram sought bail from the top court in the case and said following the two bouts of illness, he was administered antibiotics.