Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram leaves for London while under the CBI’s radar for an alleged case of bribery and corruption.
“Karti is travelling as per earlier travel plans. He will return after a few days. There is no ban on his travel,” his father and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said.
The probe agency registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), ED’s equivalent of a police FIR, against the accused named in a CBI complaint, including Karti Chidambaram, INX media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea.
The ECIR has been registered under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Notably, CBI had registered the case against Karti and INX Media on ED’s reference. The ED is already investigating a company associated with Karti Chidambaram in connection with the Aircel Maxis deal and FDI inflow into Vasan Healthcare.
The CBI had filed an FIR against Karti and the Mukerjeas on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, receiving illegal gratification, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct.
It alleged that Karti received money from INX Media for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of Foreign Investment Promotion Board conditions for an investment from Mauritius.
With relation to the INX Media FDI inflow, it had found documents during searches that showed Advantage Strategic Consulting, a company that CBI claimed is indirectly controlled by Karti Chidambaram, was paid Rs 10 lakh as consultancy fees to help it get FIPB approval in 2008. Karti’s father P Chidambaram was then Finance Minister.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday raided the house of former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti. The former Union home minister and his son have been accused of a number of bribery allegations.
The Enforcement Directorate on Friday registered a money laundering case against Karti Chidambaram, adding to the troubles of former finance P Chidambaram’s son who is currently in the United Kingdom.
The CBI had also recovered vouchers of Rs 10 lakh which were allegedly paid for the services. These vouchers were issued in favour of Advantage Strategic Consulting (P) Limited, a firm “indirectly” owned by Karti Chidambaram, the CBI had alleged.
Chidambaram has accused the government of using the CBI and other agencies to target his son. “The government, using the CBI and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends… The government’s aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organisations,” he said.
Whereas, Karti Chidambaram has maintained that he will come out clean as there was nothing to hide. He said he had cooperated with probe agencies and has paid all his taxes.
“The case against me has been foisted purely out of political reasons and vendetta. Nothing can be proven against me and I have not done any crime. It has been done mainly to muzzle my father’s voice against the government,” he said.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched an investigation against both father and son related to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearances given to INX Media.