In the video, Indrani is seen being very reluctant to speak to reporters, but eventually answers a few questions posed to her.

Indranis confession caught on camera claims she paid 1 million to Karti
news News Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 08:28

In smartphone camera footage accessed by Times Now and aired on Monday, jailed media executive Indrani Mukerjea is seen claiming that Karti Chidambaram demanded $1 million from her and that she had paid him.

In the video, which was possibly shot at the court, Indrani is seen being very reluctant to speak to reporters, but eventually answers a few questions posed to her.

“We'll play this thing. Don't write this, don't write this. They recorded our confrontation and we'll play it tomorrow in front of the judge," Indrani says.

Indrani also said that she met former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in his North Block office in New Delhi in 2007.

When asked if Chidambaram explicitly asked Indrani to help his son, she says, "Yeah, yeah he did...I can't say this right now. Seriously, I can't."

The reporter then asks Indrani if Karti asked for money outrightly, to which she replies, “Yeah, he did.”

When asked about how much he demanded, Indrani said that he had asked for $1 million.

Watch the video below.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear a plea by Karti Chidambaram, son of Congress leader P. Chidambaram, challenging the summons by the Enforcement Directorate in the INX Media case.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on Monday said it would hear the plea after it was mentioned for an early hearing by lawyer Shally Bhasin.

Karti Chidambaram is currently in the custody of the CBI that is investigating allegation of his taking money for FIPB clearance to INX Media -- now renamed 9X Media -- when his father was Finances Minister.

He has dubbed the allegations as "politically motivated".

Karti Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI at Chennai airport soon after his arrival from an overseas visit on February 28.

The CBI has charged Karti Chidambaram with using his father's clout to get a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for INX Media, then owned by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea -- currently in jail in connection with the sensational murder of Sheena Bora -- Indrani's daughter from a previous husband -- in 2012.

Indrani Mukerjea spilled the beans on the deal involving Karti Chidambaram while recording her statement before a magistrate in New Delhi on February 17, including that he had allegedly taken bribes from her.

Among other things, she alleged that Karti received Rs 3.5 crore in kickbacks from INX Media for securing the FIPB clearance in 2007 in which it received around Rs 305 crore funds from abroad.

She also said that Karti had met her at a hotel in New Delhi and allegedly demanded $1 million for the FIPB clearances.

 

IANS inputs

 

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