INX Media case: High Court extends Chidambaram's protection from arrest till August 1

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New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday extended Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram’s interim protection from arrest in INX media case till next hearing on August 1.

The court, however, directed the Congress leader to cooperate and join the questioning session by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing the INX media case.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, didn’t oppose to the extension of Chidambaram’s interim protection from arrest.

Mehta, however, informed the court that he will file the counter affidavit prepared by the CBI to prove the point that why it needs Chidambaram custodial interrogation in the case.

The CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) had asked the senior Congress to join the probe after his role came under the scanner of the investigating agencies in the INX Media case.

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Earlier in 2017, the CBI had registered an FIR in the INX Media case after alleged irregularities were found in foreign investment approval given to the INX Media, whose founders were Peter and Indrani Mukherjea.

The CBI had claimed that the media house received Rs 305 crore as foreign investment in 2007. The agency alleged that Karti Chidambaram had taken a bribe or easing the FIPB clearance.

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