NEW DELHI: Indrani Mukerjea's plea to turn approver in the INX Media corruption case involving former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram was today accepted by a Delhi court. The CBI, which endorsed her application, earlier submitted that Indrani Mukerjea is privy to evidence, in the form of conversations that could help consolidate the case. The next date of hearing in the matter is July 11.
Indrani Mukerjea is currently in Mumbai's Byculla Jail awaiting trial for the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora.
The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI are investigating how Karti Chidambaram 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 4 crores.
Mr Chidambaram was Finance Minister at the time.
The Enforcement Directorate has claimed INX Media directors Peter and Indrani Mukerjea met the senior Congress leader to ensure there was no delay in their application.
In February, Mr Chidambaram and his son were both questioned.
Enforcement Directorate officials said the former finance minister was asked about his meetings with INX Media owners Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, and the reason why 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.
Mr Chidambaram's son was questioned for over six hours.
The Enforcement Directorate has attached properties worth Rs. 54 crore belonging to Karti Chidambaram and a firm in the case. It has also attached properties belonging to Peter and Indrani Mukerjea.
The CBI had also filed, in January, a request to chargesheet P Chidambaram in connection with the case. Permission was given the following month