August 18, 2022

A day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) booked Congress MP Karti Chidambaram in the Chinese visa scam, the MP reached the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters on Thursday to join the investigation into the alleged scam. The case pertains to the issuance of visas to 263 Chinese nationals in 2011 when his father P Chidambaram was the home minister.

A special court had ordered him to join the CBI investigation within 16 hours of his arrival from the UK and Europe, where he had gone with the permission of the Supreme Court and the special court itself. He arrived at the CBI office on Thursday morning to answer questions related to the case.

Speaking to reporters outside the CBI headquarters, Karti said the case against him was “bogus”, and claimed that he had not facilitated the issuance of visa to any Chinese national.

What is the Chinese visa scam?

In 2011, Vedanta Group Company’s subsidiary Talwandi Sabo Power Plant Ltd (TSPl) was in the process of setting up a 1980 MW thermal power plant at Mansa in Punjab. The company had outsourced the work to a Chinese company named Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation (SEPCO).

According to the CBI FIR, as the project was running behind schedule leading to financial repercussions, the company attempted to bring in more Chinese workers for which it required project visas over and above the ceiling imposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Following the delay, the…

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