ED questions Cong MP Karti for second time in connection with money laundering probe

Congress MP Karti Chidambaram on Tuesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for a fresh round of questioning in a money laundering case. This case is linked to the issuing of visas to some Chinese nationals in 2011, as reported by the news agency PTI.

On December 23, last year as well, the legislator from the Sivaganga Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu was questioned in this case. Under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the ED recorded his statement.

The money laundering case, filed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), was registered after a CBI FIR.

He was again presented before the case’s investigating officer at the ED headquarters in central Delhi, states the report.

“This is a routine affair. These are things that happen routinely, especially when elections come near. These are all exercises in futility. We will go through them,” Karti Chidambaram told PTI before entering the agency’s office.

The probe pertains to allegations of Rs 50 lakh being paid as kickbacks to Karti and his close associate S Bhaskararaman by a top executive of Vedanta group company Talwandi Sabo Power Ltd. (TSPL), which was setting up a power plant in Punjab, according to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR.