In connection with an ongoing probe against former Union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram's son Karti, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches at properties linked to him on Tuesday. The CBI move comes in response to a new investigation into the Chidambarams' suspected role in the illicit issue of visas to Chinese citizens.
Since Tuesday morning, the federal agency has been conducting searches in nine locations across multiple states linked to Karti Chidambaram, according to news agency ANI. The CBI searches began at 8 a.m. and are still ongoing. The CBI is also recording the statements of others present at Chidambaram's home.
The CBI is conducting searches in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Sivagangai in Tamil Nadu.
Karti Chidambaram tweeted minutes later that he "had lost count" of the number of government searches conducted at his offices and home.
According to sources, a new case has been filed against Karti Chidambaram for alleged foreign transfers between 2010 and 2014. According to news outlet PTI, which cited CBI officials, the central investigation agency has charged Lok Sabha MP Karti Chidambaram in a new case of alleged unlawful payoff.
The Chidambaram father-son team is accused of assisting Chinese nationals in obtaining visas by breaking restrictions. Chidambaram assisted them in obtaining visas for a project that was taking on in Punjab.