CBI arrests Chidambaram son in INX media case

Chennai/New Delhi: Karti Chidambaram (pictured), son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI from Chennai in connection with its ongoing probe into the INX media case, an official said on Wednesday.
The Central Bureau of Investigation official said that he was arrested from the Chennai airport after he returned from London.
He will be brought to Delhi later in the day. On May 15, 2017, the CBI had registered an FIR against Karti Chidambaram on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, accepting gratification by corrupt or illegal means, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct.
Karti Chidambaram allegedly received Rs 3.5 crore from the Mumbai-based INX media, now 9X Media, for helping it get Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance, when it was run by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, both accused in the Sheena Bora murder case.
The FIR does not mention Chidambaram senior, though it said he cleared the FIPB approval for Rs 4.62 crore Foreign Direct Investment in the firm at an FIPB meeting on May 18, 2007.
Karti Chidambaram said on Wednesday that his arrest by the CBI in the INX Media case is an act of political vendetta by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
“Absolutely, political vendetta,” he said while being taken to a court for remand proceedings after his arrest at Chennai airport this morning on his arrival from London.
He expressed confidence that he will eventually be vindicated.
Meanwhile, P Chidambaram is said to have cut short his stay in London and rushing back home. He refused to answer questions by the media at the Heathrow Airport.
— Agencies