The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Congress MPs in an alleged scam involving the issuance of visas to 263 Chinese nationals in 2011. Karti Chidambaram
A case of money laundering has been registered against him and others. The alleged scam took place when Karti’s father P Chidambaram was home minister. Officials said on Wednesday that the federal agency had registered a case under the Criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) taking note of a recent FIR lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the matter. .
According to the CBI FIR, the case relates to allegations of bribery of Rs 50 lakh paid to Karti and his close associate S Bhaskaraman by a senior official of Vedanta Group’s company Talwandi Sabo Power Limited (TSPL). TSPL was setting up a power plant in Punjab.
He said the ED would look into possible proceeds from the “crime” of the alleged illegal activity. He said the accused would be questioned. Karti Chidambaram has denied all the allegations and said, “If this is not a problem, then there is no action against any individual.”
Karti Chidambaram is accused of taking bribes and issuing visas to Chinese engineers working on the Talwandi Sabo Power Limited project. The CBI has registered a new case in this regard. The CBI had on May 17 raided about nine Karti Chidambaram locations in Chennai, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Delhi and Orissa.