Indrani Mukerjea has told the Enforcement Directorate that she and Peter Mukerjea (her husband) had approached ex-finance Minister P. Chidambaram to seek government approval to foreign investment proposal of Rs 300 crore in INX Media Company.
Indrani Mukerjea’s statement was made separately to the CBI and recorded before a Magistrate. In the statement, Ms. Indrani has named the Ex-Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to the CBI case filed against Karti Chidambaram.
Karti Chidambaram is accused of receiving money in 2007 to clear the foreign investment of INX Media. The clearance was done using P. Chidambaram’s influence who was the Finance Minister then.
The couple Indrani Mukerjea and Peter Mukerjea are in jail since 2015 on charges of murdering Sheena Bora.
Peter and Indrani had alleged that they met the P. Chidambaram at his North Block office, seeking clearance for foreign investments after the Income Tax Department detected irregularities in 2007
Mr. P. Chidambaram who was the Finance Minister then had asked the couple to help the business of his son Karti Chidambaram and make foreign remittances for the purpose.
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Further, the couple said they met Karti at a 5-Star hotel in Delhi where he allegedly made a demand of USD 1 Million.
Indrani had confirmed in her statement that the payment of USD 7 lakh was made to bank accounts of overseas firms linked to Karti.
Karti had suggested the names of the firms such as Advantage Strategic and Chess Management for payments.
As per the Economic Times, The Enforcement Department said they had seized four invoices of USD 7 lakh, drawn by ASCPL, its Singapore subsidiary, another linked company identified as North Star Software Solutions Pvt Ltd and Geben Trading Ltd, after it recently raided the offices of Karti and his chartered accountant, Bhaskarraman.
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