CBI interrogates Karti Chidambaram for nearly 8 hours in visa bribe case

The CBI on Friday questioned Lok Sabha member Karti Chidambaram for almost eight hours on the second day in connection with alleged bribery of Rs 50 lakh in issuing visas for 263 Chinese workers in 2011 when her father P Chidambaram was minister of the Interior, officials said. .

The Congress chief arrived at CBI headquarters in the morning and during his questioning on various aspects of the case, he was confronted with documents, they said.

Karti called the allegations against him the result of a political vendetta and affair as the most bogus of the three FIRs in which he was booked.

The CBI had registered a new FIR on May 14 against him and others over allegations of bribe of Rs 50 lakh paid to him and his close associate S Bhaskararaman by a senior executive of the Vedanta Talwandi Group company Sabo Power Ltd. (TSPL), which was the establishment of a power plant in Punjab for the reissuance of a project visa for 263 Chinese workers employed there, the CBI FIR said.

The agency has already arrested Bhaskararaman in connection with the case.

The CBI FIR said that the work to set up the power project was being carried out by a Chinese company and was behind schedule.

A TSPL executive had requested the reissue of project visas for 263 Chinese workers for whom Rs 50 lakh allegedly traded hands, according to the CBI FIR.

The CBI in its FIR named as defendants Karti, Bhaskararaman, Makharia, Talwandi Sabo Power Limited (TSPL) and Mumbai-based Bell Tools Limited through whom bribes were allegedly channeled.

The case was filed under IPC Sections 120-B (criminal association) and 477A (false accounts) and sections 8 and 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, he said.

He alleged that the bribe payment was channeled from TSPL to Karti and Bhaskararaman via Mumbai-based Bell Tools Ltd, with payments camouflaged under two invoices issued for advice and disbursements for visa-related work for Chinese workers.

Makharia then thanked Karti and Bhaskararaman via email, he added.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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