New Delhi: Trouble mounts for MP Karti Chidambaram. The Enforcement Directorate has registered a case under the Money Laundering Act against Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his associates in the Chinese visa racket case. The ED has registered this case against Karti Chidambaram and his associates on the basis of an FIR of the CBI probing the matter. In which Karti Chidambaram has been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, taking advantage of corrupt or illegal means and criminal conduct. Enforcement Directorate may question Karti Chidambaram soon.
Congress MP Karti Chidambaram may appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation today to cooperate in the investigation in the alleged visa scam case. Karti Chidambaram has gone to the UK and Europe with the permission of the Supreme Court and the special CBI court. Karti was to return from his foreign trip on Tuesday. As per the order of the special CBI court, Karti Chidambaram has to join the CBI investigation within 16 hours of his return.
The ED will summon Karti and others shortly. The Congress MP is likely to join the investigation at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday. Earlier on May 17, the CBI had arrested Karti`s close associate S Bhaskar Raman in the case.
Sources told ANI, “as per the court`s orders of Karti`s bail, he has to appear before CBI within 16 hours of reaching India”, adding “We haven`t summoned him since the court has already directed him to join the investigation within 16 hours of his arrival in India. If he fails to appear, then we might issue summon order to him for joining the investigation.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Karti P Chidambaram claimed that he is not involved in the Visa case, anyhow, adding “I am heading back home today, as per the plan made when I left two weeks ago for UK and Europe. It does not intimidate me that the central government is once again using its agencies to accuse me of a malicious and completely fabricated charge.”
Adhering to continue his fight against the “motivated attempts to target his father (P Chidambaram) through him”, Karti said, “Previously, the agencies have gone after me on the basis of the statement of an undertrial murder suspect. Now, they are basing their bogus charges on the alleged actions of a deceased person, whom I never met.”
Denying all the allegations of being connected with the scam, Karti further said, “For what it`s worth, however, I firmly state that I am not associated with this visa issue directly, indirectly, vicariously or even telepathically! The allegations against me by the CBI are ludicrous, to say the least. I categorically deny all of them.”
“I say with certainty that I have never facilitated even a single Chinese national in their visa process, let alone 250. I have no knowledge of the procedures, processes and the formalities that need to be fulfilled in order to obtain visas related to project work in India…” ANI quoted the Congress MP as saying.
Expressing faith in the judiciary, he further said, “In the last 7 years, I have been raided 6 times, without any cause or evidence by the central government`s agencies, which has sadly become a single party`s machinery to fulfill its political vendetta. Professionals associated with me are being targeted and harassed… My travel has been restricted and I have been made to do rounds of the courts even for a visit to my daughter at her university.”