Former Union minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karthi Chidambaram has been arrested by the CBI at Chennai airport as he arrived from London. He was arrested in the INX Media money laundering case for not cooperating with investigations. CBI officers were interrogating Karthi at the Chennai airport after he landed from London. He will now be brought to Delhi.
Officials in the investigating agency have said that Karthi Chidambaram’s family members were informed before the arrest. According to the Sources in the CBI, they have detained Karthi when he landed at Chennai airport after his foreign trip. Soon after his arrest, he was taken to a secluded place where he was being questioned.
Recently, Karthi Chidambaram’s chartered accountant S. Bhaskararaman was arrested in Delhi from a five-star hotel on February 16.
The NIA (National Investigative Agency) has alleged that Karthi received money from INX Media for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) conditions to receive investment from Mauritius. The CBI has said that it also seized vouchers of Rs. 10 lakh which were allegedly paid for the services.
With regard to this arrest the Congress today said Karti’s arrest is a “classic diversionary tactic”of the Modi government.
“Classic diversionary tactic of the Modi government to hide their own corrupt governance model that is being exposed on a daily basis– be it Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Dwarka Das Seth Jewellers. The BJP govt continues it’s vendetta and vindictive politics to target opponents. however, it will not stop the Congress from bringing the truth out to the people,” said the Congress.
Last week, Karthi moved the Supreme Court (SC) seeking a stay on the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) summons against him in the INX Media case.
More news on INX media money laundering may come following the arrest of Karti Chidambaram today.