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Karti Chidambaram To Appear Before CBI Today:- Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram’s son, Karti Chidambaram will appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today.
On August 18, Karti was directed by the Supreme Court to appear before the CBI on August 23 for an interrogation in connection with INX Media Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance case. Earlier, Karti stated before the apex court that he is willing to appear before the CBI in the case.
“I am not afraid of appearing, but I need protection,” Karti told the Top Court.
On August 10, the “look out circulars” issued against Karti Chidambaram and four others by the Centre were stayed by the Madras High Court. The charges were over a corruption case filed by the CBI. The HC held that they were prima facie “unwarranted”. A look out notice had been issued against Karti on August 4. As per the notice, he is not supposed to leave India and before doing so should inform the concerned agencies. This comes in connection with the investigation of the agencies, into the FIPB clearance given to INX Media. It was alleged that INX Media allegedly received funds from Mauritius.
Earlier, Karti had accused the CBI of hatching a conspiracy against him, citing frustration arising out of their inability to prove anything against them, in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case. The then communication minister Dayanidhi Maran and the others, accused in the Aircel-Maxis case, were released by a special CBI Court earlier in February.
A second notice was sent to Karti on July 19 by the CBI, summoning him to the CBI headquarters for questioning regarding the INX Media Case. Karti was summoned by the CBI, between June 27-29, but, with the help of his lawyers informed the investigating team that before appearing for questioning, he needed more time.
According to the CBI, INX Media stated in its records that a firm named Advantage Strategic Consulting (P) Limited was given an amount of Rs 10 lakh. The CBI said the firm was “indirectly” owned by Karti, for management consultancy charges towards an FIPB notification and clarification.