The CBI has registered a new case against former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s son and Lok Sabha MP Karti Chidambaram for accepting a bribe of Rs 50 lakh to get visas to 250 Chinese nationals. The agency raided Karti’s 10 locations in different cities of the country, including his residence in Chennai and Delhi. A team also reached the official residence of Karti’s father P. Chidambaram at Lodhi Estate in Delhi.
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches at his Chennai residence and official residence in Delhi today (May 17), but “they found nothing and nothing was seized”. Went.’
The former Union minister also said that ‘the timing of the raids is interesting though’.
Chidambaram said in a statement that this morning a CBI team raided his Chennai residence and his official residence in Delhi.
He said, ‘The team showed me an FIR in which my name was not registered as an accused. Nothing was found in the raid and nothing was confiscated.
This morning, a CBI team searched my residence in Chennai and my official residence in Delhi.
The team showed me an FIR in which my name is not there as an accused.
The search team neither found nor seized anything.
I can tell that the search time is interesting.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) May 17, 2022
He said, ‘I would like to point out that the timing of the raids is interesting.’
Supporting Chidambaram, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “P. Chidambaram is a nationalist and patriot whose commitment to the country is unquestionable. The leveling of absurd allegations against a former home minister and finance minister by the CBI shows a decline in political discourse.
Mr. @PChidambaram_IN is a Nationalist & a Patriot, whose commitment to the country is unquestionable. To plant source based preposterous against a former Home Minister & Finance Minister by CBI reflects the lowest ebb in political discourse.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 17, 2022
The CBI has registered a new case against former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s son and Lok Sabha MP Karti Chidambaram for accepting a bribe of Rs 50 lakh for getting visas to 250 Chinese nationals. Officials gave this information on Tuesday.
The agency raided Karti’s 10 locations in different cities of the country including his residence in Chennai and Delhi on Tuesday morning in the case.
Officials said that raids have been conducted at three locations in Chennai, three in Mumbai, one each in Karnataka, Punjab, Delhi and Odisha.
A CBI team also reached the official residence of Karti Chidambaram and his father, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP P. Chidambaram at Lodhi Estate in Delhi, officials said.
Karti tweeted without giving details, ‘Now I have forgotten to count how many times this has happened? Maybe it will be a record.
My office has just updated on the “record” twice in 2015, once in 2017, twice in 2018 & today 6!
— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) May 17, 2022
In this case, the CBI has alleged that Karti Chidambaram was given 50 visas to 250 Chinese nationals in July-August 2011 for the ‘Talwandi Sabo power project’ during the tenure of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, officials said. A bribe of Rs. At that time P. Chidambaram was the Finance Minister.
Also, officials said that a contract was signed with a Chinese company for setting up a power project in Punjab, but its work was running behind schedule.
He said the project required workers, but only a limited number of foreign nationals could be granted ‘work permits’. It is alleged that the company contacted Karti, who took advantage of his influence to get the visa in violation of the authorized number.
He told that this investigation against Karti Chidambaram was started after getting some relevant leads during the investigation of INX Media case.
Officials said that during the investigation of the transaction, the CBI came to know about a suspicious amount of Rs 50 lakh, which was allegedly taken to get visas to Chinese workers working in a plant.
The Congress MP is also facing criminal charges for allegedly getting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for foreign investment in INX Media.
It is alleged that there have been alleged irregularities in getting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign investment of about Rs 305 crore during P. Chidambaram’s tenure as Union Finance Minister in 2007.
It is alleged that Karti had received a bribe of 10 lakhs from INX Media for allowing foreign investment to INX Media. INX got approval for foreign investment of 4 crores, but INX took 305 crores.
(with input from news agency language)