The Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) on Monday grilled Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram for 7 hours in a corruption case of alleged clearance to INX Media Pvt Ltd owned by Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani for bringing foreign funds into their Venture.
Karti, who arrived at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi at around 11.30 am was questioned extensively by the agency and left at 6.30 pm.
Three suspected associates of Karti—Bhaskar Raman, Ravi Vishwanathan and Mohanan Rakesh—were also questioned in connection with the case, the sources said.
They said all the four persons were questioned separately and information given by them is being scrutinised.
It is only after the analysis of their responses that a call will be taken whether further interrogation is required or not in the case, they said.
The sources said they have been asked to produce some documents which they have agreed to provide.
The agency is examining him in connection with a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to media group INX Media for receiving funds from Mauritius when his father P Chidambaram was the Union finance minister.
The sources said a firm “indirectly controlled” by Karti received money from INX Media, run by the Mukerjeas, who are currently in jail, charged with the murder of Indrani’s daughter.
The CBI had also questioned Karti on August 23.
P Chidambaram had earlier issued a strong statement in response to CBI’s FIR against Karti, saying the government was using the CBI and other agencies to target his son.
The FIPB approval was granted in “hundreds of cases”, the senior Congress leader had said.
(With PTI Inputs)