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CBI raids Karti Chidambaram for ‘facilitating’ unlawful visas for 250 Chinese nationals in lieu of ‘Rs 50 lakh bribe’ from Punjab energy firm

Sources mentioned in 2011 Karti Chidambaram allegedly obtained these unlawful visas from Home Ministry in opposition to guidelines when father P Chidambaram was minister

CBI raids Karti Chidambaram for ‘facilitating’ unlawful visas for 250 Chinese nationals in lieu of ‘Rs 50 lakh bribe’ from Punjab energy firm – ANI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday carried out coordinated raids on a number of places throughout the nation related to Congress chief and Rajya Sabha MP P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram, who’s a Lok Sabha MP.

Karti Chidambaram’s Chennai home was among the many premises raided by the CBI.

Though Karti Chidambaram mentioned he had “lost count” of the variety of occasions raids had been carried out in opposition to him, which he mentioned “must be a record”, the brand new case in opposition to him pertains to allegations of getting facilitated visas for 250 Chinese nationals when his father P Chidambaram was the Union Home Minister in lieu of Rs 50 lakh ‘bribe’ in 2011.

Officials mentioned the CBI stumbled upon this new case whereas probing the INX Media case by which Karti Chidambaram is already beneath the lens for accusations of getting facilitated FIPB clearance for INX Media.

According to sources, Karti Chidambaram had allegedly facilitated visas for Chinese nationals for the Talwandi Sabo Power Plant, the institution of which had been outsourced to the Chinese firm Shadong Electric Power Construction Corporation (SEPCO), once they have been operating not on time.

As per sources, the case throws again to when Talwandi Sabo Power Plant was within the course of of building a 1980 MW Thermal Power plant at Mansa in Punjab. The work had been outsourced to Chinese firm SEPCO. As the venture had fallen not on time, to keep away from penal motion for the delay Talwandi Sabo Power Limited was attempting to herald extra Chinese professionals on the website.

The downside with this, sources mentioned, was that the variety of venture visas wanted for extra Chinese nationals was over and above the ceiling imposed by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Subsequently, the corporate allegedly approached Karti Chidambaram by his shut associates “to devise a back-door way to circumvent the Visa ceiling by granting permission to re-use 263 project visas allotted to the Chinese company,” sources added.

Allegedly, the Home Ministry had granted the unlawful visas in the identical month as they have been utilized for.

Sources additionally added that the cost of the ‘bribe’ was accomplished to Karti Chidambaram through a false bill by an organization which made industrial knives citing consultancy companies and visa-related work.

P Chidambaram additionally took to Twitter, questioning the “timing of the search”, which he mentioned was “interesting”.

Congress basic secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala additionally reacted on the CBI raids on Tuesday and mentioned, “To plant source based preposterous allegations against a former Home Minister & Finance Minister by CBI reflects the lowest ebb in political discourse.”

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