INX Media Case: Centre allows CBI to prosecute 4 officers

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New Delhi: The Centre has allowed CBI to prosecute four officers including retired Karnataka-cadre Odia IAS officer Anup Pujari and ex-Niti Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar in connection with INX media case.

The government on Friday gave a green signal to prosecute four ex-finance ministry officials in the INX Media case, in which former Finance Minister P Chidambaram is a key accused. Earlier, former FM P Chidambaram was arrested in connection with the case.

In January, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) approached the government seeking permission to prosecute the former Union finance minister, who is currently in Delhi’s Tihar jail; former additional secretary of finance Sindhushree Khullar, who later became chief executive of the centre’s think tank NITI Aayog; former joint secretary of finance Anup Pujari, former finance ministry director Prabodh Saxena, and former under-secretary Rabindra Prasad.

Though the government in February granted sanction against Chidambaram to proceed, it had withheld the sanctions against the four former officers who have worked in the Finance Ministry when the United Progressive Alliance government was in power.

The Central Vigilance Commission that supervises the CBI in anti-corruption cases had written to the government in June to allow the probe agency to prosecute the four officers.

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