Media mogul Indrani Mukerjea, who is in the jail for the murder case of her daughter Sheena Bora, has now become an approver in the INX media corruption case involving high-profile names like former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram. A Delhi Court allowed Mukerjea to turn approver after CBI promoted her application which was earlier filed by Mukerjea. Speculations are that she has been in the know of pieces of evidence which can help the CBI in probing the case. These pieces of evidence are in the form of conversation which happened in front of Mukerjea.

Special judge Arun Bhardwaj pardoned Mukerjea, who was an accused in the case after she submitted that she voluntarily agreed to become an approver in the case, India Today reported. The court has issued a production warrant for Mukerjea. The next hearing is dated for July 11. Mukerjea is in imprisonment in the Byculla jail in Mumbai as she waits for the trail of her daughter’s murder to begin.

The case entails that Karti Chidambaram allegedly managed to secure clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for INX Media to get 305 crores in overseas funds when they only had clearance for four crores during the term of P Chidambaram being the finance minister.

The case entails that Karti Chidambaram allegedly managed to secure clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for INX Media to get 305 crores in overseas funds when they only had clearance for four crores during the term of P Chidambaram being the finance minister.

The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI are probing the case and the Enforcement Directorate has claimed INX Media directors Peter and Indrani Mukerjea had a meeting with the senior Congress leader to ensure there was no delay in their application.

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In February, Chidambaram and his son went through police interrogation in which the Enforcement Directorate questioned them about the former minister’s meetings with INX Media owners Peter Mukerjea and Indrani, and why is it that their company was given clearance to the tune of Rs 305 crore in overseas funds at a time when he was heading the Finance Ministry. He was questioned under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Indrani is accused of the murder of her daughter Sheena on April 24, 2012. Her husband, Peter Mukerjea, former CEO of Star India, is also facing trial.

It also questioned his son for over six hours in which it also attached properties worth Rs 54 crore belonging to Karti Chidambaram and a company in the case. It also attached properties belonging to Peter and Indrani Mukerjea.

Indrani is accused of the murder of her daughter Sheena on April 24, 2012. Her husband, Peter Mukerjea, former CEO of Star India, is also facing trial. Indrani’s former husband, Sanjeev Khanna, is also under trial for the same. The special court had rejected the bail applications of Mukerjea and Khanna which were filed previously.

The case’s trial commenced in 2017 with over 10 witnesses who have deposed so far. Witnesses include Indrani’s driver, Shyamvar Rai, her former secretary Kajal Sharma and her son Mikhail.

Picture credit: The Indian Express

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