The CBI has been given the nod by the Centre to prosecute former NITI Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar and others in the INX media case to connect with the FIPB clearance granted to INX Media, officials said.

The central government has also sanctioned the prosecution of former secretary of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Anup K Pujari, the then director in the Finance Ministry Prabodh Saxena, and former undersecretary in the Department of Economic Affairs Rabindra Prasad in the case involving INX Media, according to the officials.

The government had already sanctioned the prosecution of former finance minister P Chidambaram in February this year, the officials said.

An FIR was filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds in 2007 when Chidambaram was the finance minister in the UPA government.

On August 21, CBI had arrested Chidambaram from his residence in the posh Jor Bagh area of New Delhi.

P Chidambaram and his son Karti were named by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, who owned INX Media at the time and are currently in jail in connection with the murder of Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora.

Sindhushree Khullar was the additional secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs during 2004 and 2008. Mr Pujari was the joint secretary during 2006 and 2010, Mr Saxena served as the director of the department between 2008 and 2010, and Mr Prasad also worked during the period under investigation, officials said.