After former finance minister P. Chidambaram termed the charge against his son Karti meeting with any Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) officer as baseless, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said it is a “clear cut case of a father protecting his son”.
Chidambaram said he has asked his son to fully co-operate with the investigation and he would do so.
“I can say with absolute certainty that Karti Chidambaram had never met any officer connected with the FIPB. Besides, he had no connection with the applicant company (INX Media/INX News),” Chidambaram said in a statement.
Earlier on May 19, Enforcement Directorate (ED) slapped a money laundering case against Karti and others, taking cognizance of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR against him. Following the raid, Karti asserted that all charges against him are completely bogus and he will stand vindicated one day.
“Whatever I heard is only from the media. Nothing of substance. All charges on me are completely bogus and I will stand vindicated one day,” Karti told the media.
However, CBI Joint Director Vineet Vinayak said the investigation is still underway and some important pieces of evidence such as hard disks, mails and documents have been recovered.
FIR was lodged against Karti, Indrani Mukerjea, unknown officers of FIPB Unit of Ministry of Finance and others over alleged financial misappropriation over FIPB clearance to Peter and Indrani’s media company INX Media in 2008.
The charges include criminal conspiracy, cheating, taking gratification in order by corrupt or illegal means to influence a public servant and criminal misconduct