New Delhi: The Law Ministry on Sunday granted sanction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute former finance minister P Chidambaram in INX media case, sources were quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Also Read - Congress Welcomes Coming Together of Mainstream JK Parties, Demands Restoration of Article 370
A senior government functionary, as quoted by PTI, said the law ministry’s opinion was sought on whether the CBI demand to prosecute Chidambaram was legally sound. Responding to the same, the ministry told the MHA that there was ‘no legal infirmity’ in the CBI’s request seeking prosecution sanction. Also Read - Chidambaram Says Farm Bills 2020 Undermine Food Security System, Slams BJP For ‘Maligning’ Cong's 2019 Manifesto
The opinion of the law ministry was based on evidences made available by the CBI, the official informed. Also Read - PM-CARES Fund Received Rs 3,076 Crore Till March 31, Shows Audit Report; Govt Doesn't Disclose Donors
The probe agency, earlier last month, had sought the sanction of the central government to prosecute Chidambaram in connection with the case and it has received an approval for the same already.
On January 25, the investigative agency told the Delhi High Court that it wanted to carry out custodial interrogation of Chidambaram in the case, in which the court had reserved its judgment.
“We are opposing the anticipatory bail of P Chidambaram and want to take him on the police remand for interrogation. We want to exercise our statutory right to investigate the case,” Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta told the court while appearing on behalf of the CBI.
The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017 against alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Chidambaram was finance minister.
Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram was arrested in the matter for allegedly receiving funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh. Indrani Mukerjea and Peter Mukerjea, then directors of the INX Media company, are the other accused in the case.
(Inputs from agencies)