As the CBI on Tuesday conducted nationwide raids at various premises linked to former Union minister P Chidambaram and son Karti MP in connection with a fresh corruption case registered against Karti, Chidambaram alleged that the search timing was interesting.
“I may point out that the timing of the search is interesting,” tweeted Chidambaram.
He said: “This morning, a CBI team searched my residence at Chennai and my official residence at Delhi. The team showed me a FIR in which I am not named as an accused. The search team found nothing and seized nothing.”
The CBI has registered a fresh case against Karti Chidambaram, accusing him of receiving Rs 50 lakh as bribe to facilitate the visa of 250 Chinese nationals for a power project in Punjab between 2010-14.
Seven premises linked to P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram and their associates were searched across Chennai, Mumbai, Odisha, and Delhi.
“I have lost count, how many times has it been? Must be a record,” Karti Chidambaram -the son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram- tweeted shortly after news of the raids emerged.
“My office has just updated on the “record” twice in 2015, once in 2017, twice in 2018 & today 🙂 6!,” read his another tweet.
Karti is being probed in cases registered by the CBI, including the case lodged in 2017 over irregularities in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during P Chidambaram’s tenure as the Union Finance Minister.