The phrase “More skeletons tumble out from..” is much used amongst journalists but it is very appropriate in this case. As per the Income Tax Report Karti’s company Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited (ACPL) even accepted 15000 dollars from UK’s liquor giant Diageo for fixing appointments with the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram. This payment, termed Service Charges for fixing appointments were paid to Karti’s company in July 1, 2005.
As per the email details accessed by the IT sleuths, Allan Edwards of Diageo wrote an email thanking Karti and his company Advantage for fixing appointments for its Chairman Lord Blyth with Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram.
Diageo paid this money to Karti for its owner Lord Blyth’s appointment with the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister. During this period, Diageo had moved an application to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) under Chidambaram for investing Rs.4000 crore in Vijay Mallya’s United Sprits. As a pre-cursor to this deal, Lord Blyth met Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram for his huge investments. The bigger question here is if for appointments with PM and Finance Minister, money was given to Finance Minister’s son’s company, how much money must have paid for this billions of dollars worth deal of Diageo in taking over Mallya’s liquor company!
The Joint raid of Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate (ED) at Karti’s company in connection with Aircel-Maxis scam in December 2015 has unearthed the corrupt empire created by Chidambaram’s family. The investigators had seized several hard disks and got huge money trails and massive investments in 14 countries.
As per the email details accessed by the IT sleuths, Allan Edwards of Diageo wrote an email thanking Karti and his company Advantage for fixing appointments for its Chairman Lord Blyth with Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram. The email marked to Karti also shows that Advantage received the “Service Charges” of 15000 dollars.
This is a clear case of misuse of power by Chidambaram and son and amounts to invoking of the Prevention of Corruption Act by CBI. The question is when CBI, ED and IT are going to get cracking on this corrupt family of Chidambaram? Readers will know that it is almost a year since Team PGurus asked this question…