Chinese visa scam case: CBI to question Karti Chidambaram today

NEW DELHI: Karti Chidambaram has been called by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to join the investigation into a new case filed against him and others for allegedly assisting Chinese nationals in obtaining visas by circumventing procedures.

"Karti has been asked to appear at our New Delhi headquarters by 11 a.m. on Wednesday," a CBI source said.  S. Bhaskararaman, Karti's chartered accountant, is being detained by the CBI, and it's possible that Karti will be confronted with him. In this case, the CBI has recovered 65,000 emails, which will be utilised as evidence.

A sales deed, which was found during raids, is also important in the case. The deed is for a property purchased in Jor Bagh, and the power of attorney is in Bhaskararaman's name, despite the fact that the property was purchased by Karti and his mother.

According to the FIR, Talwandi Sabo Power Limited, a private company situated in Mansa (Punjab), paid Rs 50 lakh to an intermediary to secure Chinese nationals visas, which would assist the company finish a project ahead of schedule.
"The private firm was constructing a 1,980 MW thermal power plant, with the work being outsourced to a Chinese company. The project's completion date had passed. To avoid being penalised for the delay, the private company was attempting to bring more and more Chinese professionals to its site, for which it required project visas in excess of the Ministry of Home Affairs' limit "a CBI officer said.

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