A Delhi court today exempted former union minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram and his son and sitting Lok Sabha MP Karti Chidambaram from personally appearing in court in connection with the ED's main chargesheet in the INX Media money laundering case. Eight others were also exempted from appearing in person.
According to LiveLaw, Chidambaram and Karti's lawyers asked for exemption on the grounds that they were busy with the assembly election in Tamil Nadu. The court permitted them to attend the hearing virtually.
Additionally, Peter Mukherjea, who is a co-accused in the case, filed a bail application today through his lawyer. The court then asked the ED to supply copies of the chargesheet to all the accused, and listed the matter for their replies and Mukherjea's bail arguments for April 16.
In May 2017, the CBI registered an FIR in the money laundering case against INX Media, Karti Chidambaram and others. The FIR was based on allegations that Peter and Indrani Mukherjea, then the COO and director of INX Media, respectively, had conspired with Karti and others over irregularities in FDI allegedly received by the company.
P Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI in connection with the case in August 2019. He was granted bail after over 100 days in custody.
If you want to know what the case is all about, we've got you covered with this explainer.