New Delhi: Congress MP Karti Chidambaram appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation, or CBI, today to join the investigation into an alleged Chinese visa scam case. Mr. Chidambaram is accused of taking a bribe to help grant visas to 263 Chinese nationals in 2011 when his father P Chidambaram was the home minister.
A special court had ordered Karti Chidambaram to join the CBI investigation within 16 hours of his arrival from the UK and Europe where he had gone with permission from it and the Supreme Court.
Mr. Chidambaram outside the CBI headquarters in Delhi said “Every case that has been filed against me is bogus. One is bogus… another is more bogus. This one is most bogus,” I have not facilitated a single Chinese national in getting a visa,” he said. “if this is not harassment, not a witch-hunt, then what is.” he said denying all allegations.
On May 17, the CBI arrested Karti Chidambaram’s close associate S Bhaskarraman in the case.
Mr. Chidambaram is accused of taking ₹ 50 lakh as a bribe from a top executive of Vedanta group company Talwandi Sabo Power Ltd. (TSPL), which was setting up a power plant in Punjab.
A money laundering case in the alleged Chinese visa scam case involving Congress MP has also been filed by the enforcement directorate (ED).
“Status of the cases foisted on me 1) Aircel – Bogus, 2) INX – More Bogus, 3) Visa – Most Bogus” Mr Chidhambram had tweeted yesterday.