New Delhi: Businessman and Congress party member Karthi Chidambaram was arrested earlier today by CBI upon his arrival in Chennai. An FIR filed by the CBI on May 15 last year had alleged irregularities in the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007. It is alleged Karti had received funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh in the case. However, Mr. Chidambaram’s lawyers have called the entire case bogus and alleged that fake allegations have been leveled against their client.
A lawyer representing Karthi Chidambaram said ,”It is absolutely ridiculous, they are saying that the son of the then Finance Minister accepted only 10 lakhs as the bribe? What is he, a Junior Engineer in the municipal office of a remote town? Add to that the fact that our client is a politician in his own right and even contested Lok Sabha elections once. This stature entitles a politician to a minimum bribe of 100 Crores and they are making a case of 10 lakhs? Which self respecting politician will accept a bribe of 10 lakhs? What greater proof is needed to show that this is just a witch hunt and the entire case is false.”
However, BJP has rubbished the allegations that this is a politically motivated arrest. Party spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “Karthi’s lawyers are trying to mislead the nation by saying the amount is too low for a political bribe. We have seen senior politicians willing to accept even 1 lakh as a bribe in the past. Every drop counts, 10 lakh bribes of 10 lakhs each will make the whole amount politically acceptable or not?”
Meanwhile, A Raja has sent a text to Karthi Chidambaram to relax and trust CBI’s investigation skills.