MP Karti Chidambaram accepted bribes in the amount of 50 lakhs rupees to "facilitate" illegal visas: CBI

MP Karti Chidambaram accepted bribes in the amount of 50 lakhs rupees to “facilitate” illegal visas: CBI – Mail Bonus

The Bureau of Investigation has accused MP Karti Chidambaram of obtaining an “illegal possession of 50 lakh rupees to facilitate the illegal entry of visas for 263 Chinese citizens” to complete the Punjab power plant, in an initial information report.

Karti “abused his influence” in the Interior Ministry in 2011 and “conspired” with the accused to formulate a “back door way to defeat the purpose of the roof” on work permits imposed by the ministry, according to the CBI. Karti’s father and senior parliamentary leader P Chidambaram was interior minister in 2011. P Chidambaram has not been named as an indictment in the FIR.

In addition to Karti, four others have been booked. The four co-defendants are: Certified Public Accountant Karti, S Bhaskararaman; Vikas Makharia, representative of Talwandi Sabo

, a private company based in Mansa, and Bell Tools, Mumbai, have been named. FIR also mentions “unknown public and private employees”.

In its FIR, the Central Bank has stated that “there is reason to believe that the then Minister of the Interior and the Minister of the Interior knew about the case of M / s Talwandi Sabo Power Limited (TSPL) and that the work of M / s TSPL had been carried out. through them but it is not ascertained at this stage whether P Chidambaram, the then Minister of the Interior and the then Minister of the Interior, was aware of the aforementioned claim and payment of unlawful orgasm or not “.

FIR adds that “information is available that P Chidambaram was on the board of Vedanta Group while his son Karti Chidambara received financial support from M / s Sterlite Optical Technologies Limited, Mumbai (a.

A consolidated company), which had lent 1.5 million rupees in November 2003 to its company, M / s Meltraack India Limited, Chennai and the interest rates were abolished in August 2014 (when Chidambaram was sworn in as Minister of Finance).

The CBI conducted multiple searches at 10 locations, including Chennai, Mumbai, Koppal (Karnataka), Jharsuguda (Odisha), Mansa (Punjab) and Delhi on Tuesday, in connection with the case. The places searched included the official residence of Chidambaram in Delhi and Chennai.

“I have lost the number; how often has it been? It must be a record, “tweeted Karti. “This morning, the CBI searched for a team at my home in Chennai and my official residence in Delhi. The team showed me FIR as I am not named as the accused. The search team found nothing and did not seize anything. I could point out that the timing of the search is interesting, “tweeted P Chidambaram.

Talwandi Sabo Power, a subsidiary of Vedanta Group, was in the process of setting up a 1980 MW thermal power plant in Mansa, which was outsourced to a Chinese company, said FIR at CBI. The Vedanta group had previously refused to know of any disputes in the agreement. It had said that it followed the diligence of corporate governance.

The CBI stated that in order to avoid sanctions for the project that was behind schedule, Talwandi Sabo Ltd tried to hire more Chinese experts. It required visas for projects over the maximum set by the Interior Ministry, it said. Talwandi, Vikas Makharia, approached Karti Chidambaram through S Bhaskararaman, Karti’s alleged associate, for that purpose, the CBI said.

They “then devised a back door way to overcome the visa ceiling” by granting permission to reuse 263 visa projects assigned to Chinese company officials, the CBI said. Makharia submitted a letter to the Ministry of the Interior seeking approval to renew visas for projects assigned to the company, which were approved monthly and licensed to the company, it said. Talwandi Sabo paid Karti Chidambaram, through Bhaskararaman, a bribe of 50 lakh rupees, according to the CBI in FIR. “The bribes were sent to Karti and Bhaskararaman through Bell Tools, a company based in Mumbai as ‘payment of a false invoice collected for advice and costs incurred for Chinese visa-related work,'” the CBI said. According to CBI insiders, Karti Chidambaram is likely to be questioned. The National Audit Office, which investigates money laundering, will examine FIR and will presumably file a new lawsuit against Karti and others under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Sources also indicated that the alleged role of P Chidambaram will also be examined during the investigation. The alleged involvement of the then Minister of the Interior will also be investigated.

The FIR says that according to guidelines issued by the Ministry of the Interior with the approval of the then Minister of the Interior P Chiambaram, no provision has been made for the re-use of visas for the project. FIR adds that “according to the prevailing guidelines, deviations in rare and exceptional cases could only be considered and granted with the approval of the Minister of the Interior. However, in the light of the above circumstances, it is likely that the derogation regarding the re-use of visas for projects will be approved by the then Minister of the Interior “.

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