Chinese Visa Scam Case: Congress leader Karti Chidambaram gets bail from Delhi Court

Chinese Visa Scam Case: The ED has registered a money laundering case against Karti Chidambaram and others in the alleged scam involving the issuance of visas to 263 Chinese nationals in 2011.

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Updated6 Jun 2024, 11:43 AM IST
Congress MP Karti Chidambaram has a case registered against him under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the ED
Congress MP Karti Chidambaram has a case registered against him under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the ED(PTI)

Chinese Visa Scam Case: Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court granted regular bail to Congress leader Karti P Chidambaram on Thursday in a money laundering case, ANI reported.

Special Judge for Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Justice Kaveri Baweja, provided relief to Karti Chidambaram after his court appearance in response to summons issued against him. 

The Court had issued summons to Karti Chidambaram, taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the ED in the case. The judge granted him relief upon submission of a personal bond of 1 lakh and a surety of the same amount, as per a PTI report. 

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What is the Case?

The ED registered a money laundering case against Karti Chidambaram and others in the alleged scam involving the issuance of visas to 263 Chinese nationals in 2011, when his father, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, P Chidambaram, was the Union Home Minister.

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As per the ED, the volume of the laundered money has yet to be established, and the alleged payment of 50 lakh bribe, as mentioned in the CBl case, cannot be considered as the basis of the present case.

The ED registered its case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) following an FIR lodged by the CBI in the same case.

Lok Sabha Election Win

INC's Karti Chidambaram defeated AIADMK's Xavier Das by a margin of 2,05,664 votes from Sivaganga Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu in the just concluded General Elections.

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Karti Chidambaram won the Sivaganga Lok Sabha seat with 4,27,677 votes on June 4. Speaking to ANI after the results were announced on Tuesday, he said that the people of Tamil Nadu have “rejected the BJP's Hindutva politics and have voted for a federal, secular, and inclusive government. This victory is clear in the election results.”

He further said, “Tamil Nadu has given a very clear and decisive victory to the INDI Alliance led in Tamil Nadu by the Chief Minister, MK Stalin. Tamil Nadu rejects the Hindutva politics of the BJP and the results reflect it very clearly. Tamil Nadu wants a federal government, a secular government, wants an egalitarian and inclusive government. And that is exactly what the Tamil Nadu people have voted for,” he told ANI.

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The INDIA bloc, consisting of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party and the Congress in Tamil Nadu, won 22 and 9 seats, respectively. 

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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First Published:6 Jun 2024, 11:43 AM IST
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