CBI FIR terms Bhaskararaman as “close associate/ frontman” of Chidambaram family
Interesting things tumble out on former Finance and Home Minister Chidambaram’s family’s money collection activities. On Thursday, a Special Court in Delhi ordered the four days custody of the Chidambaram family’s Chartered Accountant (CA) S Bhaskararaman to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for integration. In its First Information Report, the agency had made Chidambaram’s son Karti, who is a Member of Parliament as accused and also conducted raids at Chidambaram’s home for accepting a bribe of Rs.50 lakh in August 2011 for issuing 263 Visas to Chinese technicians for Vedanta Group’s power project Talwandi Sabo Power Ltd in Punjab.
Seeking custodial interrogation, CBI’s counsels said that Bhaskararaman is in regular touch with Chidambaram and Karti, and emails from Vedanta Group’s staffers were marked to Karti also. “On August 17, 2011, Makharia, on being directed by Bhaskararaman, sent a copy of the above letter dated July 30, 2011, to him through e-mail which was forwarded to Karti…Bhakaskararaman after discussion with P Chidambaram, the then Home Minister, demanded an illegal gratification of Rs.50 lakh for ensuring the approval,” said the FIR.
Special CBI Judge Prashant Kumar passed the order noting that the investigation was at its initial stage, and the accused was required to be quizzed.
Very interesting facts come out in CBI’s FIR and links of Chidambaram with Anil Agrawal lead Vedanta Group. Chidambaram was Director on the Board of Vedanta Group, till he became Finance Minister in May 2004. In 2003, Vedanta Group gave a loan of Rs.1.5 crore to Karti’s audio/ video cassette-making firm, and interest was waived after Chidambaram became Finance Minister. FIR did not specify whether Karti repaid the loan.
“Information exists that Shree P Chidambaram had been on the board of Vedanta Group whereas his some Shree Karti P Chidambaram had taken financial favour from M/s Sterlite Optical Technologies Limited in Mumbai (a Vedanta Group Company), which had lent Rs 1.5 crore in November 2003 to his company namely M/s Meltrack India Limited, Chennai and the interest thereupon was waived off in August 2004 (when Shree P Chidambaram sworn as the Finance Minister, Govt. of India), said CBI FIR, terming Bhaskararaman as “close associate/ frontman” of Chidambaram family.
PGurus published a detailed report titled ‘Chidambara Rahasya’ on the Chidambaram family’s assets in 14 countries and 21 foreign bank accounts.
 Chidambara Rahasya – Details of huge secret assets & foreign bank accounts of Chidambaram Family – Mar 15, 2017, PGurus.com
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