IT unearths a possible Five Million Euro investment by Karti Chidambaram in Hotel Mozart in Croatia

Circumstantial evidence suggests that Karti Chidambaram may have invested 5 million Euros in Hotel Mozart

Did Karti Chidambaram invest 5 million Euros into the iconic Hotel Mozart?
Did Karti Chidambaram invest 5 million Euros into the iconic Hotel Mozart?

Did Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti linked firm Advantage Strategic Consulting invest in Hotel Mozart in Croatia? The Income Tax (IT) department’s Chennai Unit’s report suggests that this matter needs to be investigated further.

Hotel Mozart is a famous hotel in Croatia and the hotel building has historical importance. This building was the Headquarters of the Yugoslavian Army during Second World War.

The IT and Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials’ joint raid found an investment proposal of Five Million Euros from a computer in Karti’s company. “As per the proposal unearthed from the computing device, Advantage Strategic Consulting Singapore Pte Ltd has proposed to invest Euro 5 Million in Hotel Mozart at Opatijia in Croatia. The details of investment need to be ascertained,” said the Income Tax Report.

The report also says one Bhaskararaman of Karti’s companies who deposed before Income Tax officials said that they have not made any investments. But Income Tax officials do not believe Bhaskararaman and noted that this fact needs to be ascertained by conducting a full probe. “Otherwise how come the specific investment proposal from their computers,” said a senior Income Tax official.

Hotel Mozart is a famous hotel in Croatia and the hotel building has historical importance. This building was the Headquarters of the Yugoslavian Army during Second World War. In 1994 the hotel was bought by Veljko Barbieri and the following year opened after being completely renovated with a new name, Mozart. Another major shareholder of this hotel is Ivan Ljubicic, one of the best Croatian Tennis players of all time and son in law of the latest owner of the Hotel, Abi Shalabi.

Meanwhile Karti’s Advantage has a subsidiary company in Spain, which owns a big Tennis Academy. Even though Karti’s staffers tried to fool IT officials, they believe that they got clinching evidence of his investment in Hotel Mozart.

The clinching evidence Income Tax got is that Karti’s company Advantage entered into an agreement with a company in Monaco called Sporting Advantage Monaco SARL. In this Monaco based company, the Hotel Mozart owner and Tennis player Ivan Ljubicic has 40000 shares and Karti’s another London based company Totus Tennis Ltd. has 9500 shares. In this agreement, Totus Tennis is represented by Karti Chidambaram. Why would there be an agreement unless there was a follow up investment? The numbers certainly seem to add up.

The big question is why despite clinching evidence, IT officials are not allowed to interrogate the corrupt Chidambaram family.

So Income Tax sleuths believe, Karti’s controversial company Advantage has invested Five Million Euro worth shares in Hotel Mozart and is getting huge revenues for the past seven years from this iconic hotel in Croatia’s tourist spot of Opatijia.

The facts can be ascertained perhaps by doing a custodial interrogation. The big question is why despite clinching evidence, IT officials are not allowed to interrogate the corrupt Chidambaram family.

Now after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s complaint Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to probe into Chidambaram family’s illegal assets. How long will it take for CBDT to act?

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6 COMMENTS

  1. In India, IAS people are enjoying all heavenly powers, and they even at fault but could not be called and testify or cross-examined as in 2 G spectrum, A Raja said he was not alone and PMO (MMS) officials were also responsible – special judge O P Saini agreed but never asked to come testify under oath in court, as a judge he could have called them and even Prime Minister MMS should have testified under oath, in court but it never happened; why ? Inquiry in series, one by one, again 7 more years but never in parallel inquiry; Looks like show must go on… Indian style; though Harvard Educated some but of no use to Aaam aadmi. Moreover, Lutyens club members and no SUO MUOTO from court-side; UPA deliberate faulty beginning and NDA neglect all wasted 7 years….now, to be finished in SIX MONTHS. Let us see….

  2. I am 75 years old. Never seen a political big wig ever being punished for his wrong doings. Very rarely now likes of Chagan Bhujbal are cooling their heals in jail. Others from NCP are very much in active politics & awaiting their turn to be questioned. But why such a long time. If the same thing was to happen to a private businessmen, they are taken to task & put behind the bars. This should change.

  3. I don’t understand why it takes so long to get to the roots of the conspiracy with information about individuals and investors can be easily accessed through digital channels

  4. Some of his friends in the centre,perhaps, helping Chidambaram to escape. Chidambaram is very intelligent ,cunning and it may be difficult to procequete .

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