Jailed INX Media co-founder Indrani Mukerjea, who turned approver in a corruption case linked to P Chidambaram, on Thursday said it was “good news” that the former finance minister had been arrested.
“He is now cornered from all sides,” Mukerjea told reporters when she was produced before a special CBI court for trials in the Sheena Bora murder case.
Mukerjea has reacted to Chidambaram’s arrest for the first time.
“The bail granted to Karti Chidambaram, who is also an accused in the INX Media case, should be cancelled,” she added.
According to the statement, Mukerjea had told the CBI, “she and her husband met P Chidambaram in 2006, when he was the finance minister, in his North Block office, he asked them to meet his son Karti Chidambaram and help him in his business.”
“She claimed that Karti Chidambaram asked them for a bribe of $1 million when they met at Hyatt hotel in Delhi. The three worked out a plan according to which the Mukerjeas engaged Karti Chidambaram’s company Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd. The company, in turn, raised four invoices for $7,00,000 on INX Media and were reimbursed,” the statement continues.
“Subsequently, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board gave INX Media the approval to fix the irregularities,” she claimed.