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Enforcement Directorate grills Chidambaram in Tihar in INX Media case



New Delhi: A team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Friday visited Tihar Jail here to interrogate former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram in connection with INX Media money laundering case.

A senior ED official said that a team has gone there to question Chidambaram and also to confront him with some documents.

The financial probe agency’s action comes a day after a Special CBI Court allowed ED to interrogate Chidambaram for two days in connection with the money laundering case in INX Media deal.

Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar allowed the agency to confront Chidambaram on November 22 and 23 during office hours.

Chidambaram was arrested on August 21 by the CBI but was granted bail later.

The ED later arrested Chidambaram in the INX media money laundering case.


Elderly couple found dead murdered with throats slit in Lucknow




Lucknow: An elderly couple was found dead murdered in their residence here with their throats slit under Saadatganj police station limit on Thursday.

Additional Director General (Lucknow Zone) S.N. Sabat said Hilal Ahmad (70), who owned chikankari stores, and his wife Bilkis (65) had been living in the rented house in Saadatganj area for over 30 years.

The couple has a daughter, Sehar, who is a dentist and lives in Australia.

Sabat said: “Surgical gloves and tea cups have been seized from the scene. It indicates the possibility of an acquaintance being involved in the double murder. The motive though is not clear yet.”

Forensic experts have said that more than two persons, who were familiar to the place, had visited the couple. They ruled out a robbery attempt.

Inspector General (Lucknow Range) S.K. Bhagat said the couple’s throats had been slit with sharp-edged weapons, which required a certain degree of physical proximity and hence, indicated the possibility of acquaintances being involved.

Shakur, who lives in the neighbourhood and owns a medicine store, told reporters he had neither heard screams nor did he see any stranger go in or come out of the house.

“I saw the door to Ahmad’s house wide open. I sent Salim (of Dabeerudaullah Phatak in Chaupatiya) inside. He saw the bodies and we informed the police,” Shakur said.

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