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Congress leader P Chidambaram’s son Karti gets interim protection till 30 May in Chinese visa scam

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram got a breather from Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Thursday, which granted interim protection to him from arrest till May 30 in an alleged money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an alleged Chinese visa scam.

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Earlier this week, ED registered a money laundering case against the Congress MP and others in connection with facilitating the issuance of visas to 263 Chinese nationals while his father P Chidambaram was the Home Minister in 2011. This was the third money laundering case against Karti, who is already being questioned by the ED in the INX Media and Aircel-Maxis cases.

Meanwhile, Karti Chidambaram on Thursday also appeared before the CBI in connection with the case.This came after a special court ordered Karti to join the probe. The court had also directed the CBI to give Karti a three-day notice before arresting him.

Appearing before CBI, Karti denied all the allegations and said that he “did not felicitate a single Chinese national” and the case was bogus. He said that the earlier cases lodged against him were also “bogus and this one was the biggest of them”.

Bhaskararaman, his Chartered Accountant, is currently in custodial remand of the CBI. According to the CBI, the work for setting up the power project was being executed by a Chinese company and was running behind schedule. The CBI had told the court that they wanted to confront him with Karti and other accused. The CBI has also recovered 65,000 emails which will be used as evidence.

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