On the fourth day of Life in Tihar jail, crooked former Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram on Monday tweeted through “family members” wondering why he alone was arrested in the INX Media case, while many officers who signed in the file of the controversial Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) clearance. Pretending innocence, the corrupt former Minister said, that he was only a last signatory in the file passed through a dozen of officers. This is in sharp contrast from his earlier tweet, where he had said that no officer had done anything wrong and he doesn’t want anyone to be arrested.
“I have requested my family to tweet on my behalf the following: People have asked me ‘If the dozen officers who processed and recommended the case to you have not been arrested, why have you been arrested? Only because you have put the last signature?’ I have no answer,” said the first tweet from the accused P Chidambaram, who was termed by the courts as the “kingpin” of the INX Media scam.
…top officers who are co-accused with Chidambaram and Karti are Sindhushree Khullar, Anup K Pujari, Prabodh Saxena (All are IAS officers who worked in the Finance Ministry during the INX Media scam) and retired Under-Secretary Rabindra Prasad.
After putting the blame on officers, crooked Chidambaram did a monkey balancing act in the second tweet: “No officer has done anything wrong. I do not want anyone to be arrested.”
Soon his co-accused Son Karti, who was first arrested in the INX Media Scam Tweeted in a reply, tagging IAS Officers’ Association to his father, who is currently in jail: “The @IASassociation will not say a word when it’s brethren are persecuted as collateral damage in a political battle.”
And interestingly, Chidambaram tweeted the same matter in Hindi also. Now the question is who is the person from Chidambaram’s family who knows how to type in Hindi? Why not also tweet in their mother tongue Tamil too?
Father and son are now playing the victim card. Chidambaram is termed as “kingpin” in INX Media scam. The bribe giver and co-accused Indrani Mukerjea has admitted her crime and became an Approver. She confessed to agencies and court that it was Chidambaram who asked her to route Rs.5 crores as kickbacks in Karti’s firms Advantage Strategic Consulting and Chess Management Services.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has already filed a sanction to prosecute four senior officers in this case. These top officers who are co-accused with Chidambaram and Karti are Sindhushree Khullar, Anup K Pujari, Prabodh Saxena (All are IAS officers who worked in the Finance Ministry during the INX Media scam) and retired Under-Secretary Rabindra Prasad. It is possible that some officers may turn Approvers.
In Aircel- Maxis scam also IAS officials Ashok Jha, Ashok Chawla, Kumar Sanjay Krishnan, Deepak Kumar Singh and retired Under Secretary Ram Saran were co-accused with Chidambaram and son.
It is time for the agencies to prevent posting of messages by jailed persons in Social Media.