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The Court of Special CBI Judge Anurag Sain today reserved its order in Indrani Mukherjea’s application seeking to be made an approver in the INX Media case.
In her application under Section 306 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, Mukherjea has prayed for a pardon in the case, in exchange of full and true disclosure.
The INX Media case pertains to the alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance given to INX Media at the time when P Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister.
It is the case of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that Chidambaram and his son Karti received illegal gratification from INX Media owners Peter and Indrani Mukherjea for the clearance.
Indrani Mukherjea was produced before the CBI Court today. She is currently lodged in Mumbai’s Byculla jail for the alleged murder of her daughter, Sheena Bora.
The investigating officer in the case, DSP R Parthasarthy informed the Court that the CBI was in support of Mukherjea’s plea to be made an approver. Her statement would consolidate the evidence in the case, he said.
Judge Sain asked Mukherjea if her application and the disclosure was voluntary and free of any duress. On being asked the reason behind the application, Mukherjea said,
” To give the statement…and if the court is kind enough, to grant me pardon.”
The judge then proceeded to reserve his order in Mukherjea’s applications. The order will be pronounced on May 29.
Meanwhile, P Chidambaram’s plea seeking anticipatory bail in the case is pending before the Delhi High Court.
Karti Chidambaram was granted bail in the case by the High Court last year.