INX Media Case: CBI Court grants interim bail to six accused bureaucrats

INX Media Case: CBI Court grants interim bail to six accused bureaucrats

Aditi Singh

A Special CBI Court at Rouse Avenue today granted interim bail to six accused in the INX Media case after they appeared before it.

The six accused are former Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) Board members Sindhushree  Khullar, Pradeep Kumar Bagga, Prabodh Saxena, Ajeet Kumar, Rabindra Prasad, Anup K Pujari.

After appearing before Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, the six accused bureaucrats moved for bail in the case today.

Interim bail has been granted against a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and surety of the same amount.

Counsel for CBI stated that he would seek instructions on the bail pleas and file a response.

Apart from these six, former Union Minister P Chidambaram, his son Karti Chidambaram, and CA S Bhaskararaman also appeared before the Court as accused.

The three are already on bail in the INX Media case filed by the CBI.

Accused companies INX Media Pvt Ltd, INX News Pvt Ltd, Chess Management Services Pvt Ltd and Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd.  also appeared through their representatives.

Accused Peter Mukherjea, who is presently in a Mumbai jail in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case, did not appear.

The INX Media case pertains to the alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media at the time when P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister. It is the case of the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram received illegal gratification from INX Media owners Peter and Indrani Mukherjea for the clearance.

In its charge sheet filed in October this year, CBI had booked all accused persons are for commission of offences under sections 120-B, 420, 468, 471 IPC and Sections 9, 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The CBI had registered an FIR in the case on May 15, 2017.

The matter will be heard next on December 17.

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