New Delhi: The CBI has accused Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram, of helping 250 Chinese get visas to India in exchange for a bribe of Rs 50 lakh. These people had come to work in an ongoing project in Punjab. People with knowledge of the entire case have reported this news quoting the CBI. The CBI has also registered a new case against him in this regard. From Delhi to Chennai on Tuesday morning, the CBI carried out searches at seven locations of Karti, son of Congress leader P Chidambaram. It is alleged that Karti Chidambaram had taken a bribe of Rs 50 lakh to help 260 Chinese get their visas.
It is being told that these people were to come to India to work in a power project located in Mansa in Punjab. An official said the project was being run by a private company. The CBI also raided the house of Karti Chidambaram in Chennai and at different locations in Mumbai, Odisha, Karnataka and Punjab. Apart from this, the CBI team had also reached the residence where P. Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram live to conduct a search. The CBI is investigating when these visas were granted to Chinese nationals. The issue of visa issuance comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs. CBI sources said that as the investigation progresses, the then officials of the Home Ministry may also come under the scanner.
Karti Chidambaram's father P. Chidambaram was the home minister of the country from 2008 to 2012. Meanwhile, Karti Chidambaram's reaction to the raid has also come to the fore and he has taken a dig at it. Karti tweeted, "I don't even remember how many times this has happened now. There must be a record of it. Apart from Karti, his father P. Chidambaram is also being investigated by the CBI and ED in the Aircel-Maxis deal.''