In an unprecedented development, Senior BJP leader and parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy has released a list of 21 secret bank accounts, which he alleges are held by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karthi Chidambaram and his companies. Swamy released the list of secret bank accounts to the media and criticized the Finance Ministry and Income Tax department for not taking action. Swamy said that these secret bank accounts were discovered a few months back, but still the Finance Ministry has not ordered an investigation. Swami pointed out the Account number 16714313 in Metro Bank, UK, which he claimed was being used by Karthi for several years and has not been declared in his income tax returns.
“His company Advantage Strategic Consulting, involved in receiving kickbacks in Aircel-Maxis scam is having four accounts in a Bank in Singapore, namely OCBC for many years. Enforcement Directorate (ED) has already found that Karthi’s company Chess Management received two lakh dollars from three Maxis Group subsidiaries after (his) father Chidambaram illegally approved FIPB clearance,” Swamy said.
“Mr Karthi Chidambaram has to be prosecuted under Section 13 (1)(d)(iii) of the Prevention of Corruption Act along with his father Mr P Chidambaram who as finance minister had enabled his son in various illegal acts to amass huge amount of funds illegally abroad and which were deposited in his own name or the companies he controls. Instead, the BJP in Rajya Sabha has tried to push through an Amendment Bill to delete this very section 13 (1)(d)(iii) from the PCA, so that Mr Chidambaram and his son go scot-free,” he added.