CBI searches across 9 locations linked to Karti Chidambaram’s bribery and foreign remittances case
Coordinated searches were started by CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) Tuesday morning with raids being conducted at nine locations across India. The raids are linked to cases filed against Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram.
The searches are being carried out at three locations in Chennai, three in Mumbai, and one location each in Odisha, Punjab and Karnataka, the CBI officials have confirmed. “A CBI team also visited the official residence of Karti Chidambaram and senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP P Chidambaram at Lodhi Estate here,” the officials said.
Cases under investigation
Lok Sabha MP, Karti Chidambaram is currently being investigated in multiple cases. This includes one case related to Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX media. Karti allegedly received foreign funds of about Rs 305 crore when his father P Chidambaram was serving as the finance minister of India.
The case was registered by CBI on May 15, 2017. After that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a money laundering case against him. Furthermore, a PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) case was also registered by ED based on an FIR by the CBI.
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In February, 2018 Karti Chidambaram was arrested by CBI but was later released on bail in March.
New “bribe for visa” case – facilitating illegal visas to Chinese nationals
On Tuesday, the CBI officials have said that a new case has been registered against Karti Chidambaram, the Lok Sabha MP. It is for allegedly facilitating visas of 250 Chinese nationals after he received illegal gratification Rs 50 lakh. These visas were reportedly issued for a power project in Punjab during 2010 – 2014.
Soon after the news of raids emerged and registering of new case, Karti Chidambaram tweeted, “I have lost count, how many times has it been? Must be a record.”