INX Media case: Karti Chidambaram gets relief from SC, permission to travel abroad

New Delhi: Karti Chidambaram, MP and veteran Congress party veteran, and son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram have been allowed to go abroad. The apex court has made a condition of depositing two crore rupees for this. Also, they have to give complete information about each of their journeys. In June last year, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a charge sheet against the veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister P. Chidambaram in the INX Media Money Laundering case.

A password-protected e-charge sheet was filed against Chidambaram, his son Karti and others. In addition to Chidambaram's father-son in the charge sheet, Karti's chartered accountant SS Bhaskararaman and others' names are also included. Chidambaram was earlier arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 21 August 2019 in the INX Media corruption case. He was arrested by the ED on 16 October that year in a case related to money laundering. The Supreme Court granted bail to the veteran Congress leader six days later on 22 October in a case registered by the CBI.

The CBI filed a case on 15 May 2017, alleging that the irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIBP) approval to acquire INX Media Group in 2007 for receiving 305 crore rupees from abroad. At that time Chidambaram was the Finance Minister. After this, the ED had registered a case of money laundering.

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