Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday denied his son Karti influenced decisions taken by finance ministry officials. Chidambaram said that his son Karti never met any officer connected with FIPB, adding that it was “preposterous” to allege any member of his family of being involved in such wrongdoing. “Karti Chidambaram had never met any officer connected with FIPB. Have advised him to fully co-operate with the probe and he’ll do so,” P Chidambaram was quoted as saying by ANI.
“Preposterous to suggest member of my family, with/without my knowledge, influenced, by illegal means, 6 secretary who constituted FIPB,” the former FM said. He further said that people who have worked with him are well aware that no one from his family would “dare” to influence his decisions. “Anyone who has worked with me knows that no one would dare to influence my decisions. I had never allowed any family member to speak to me or to any officer of my ministry on any official matter,” he said in a statement.
Chidambaram said that he approved only those cases that were recommended by the FIPB, and put up to him by Secretary, Economic Affairs. “At the relevant time, the FIPB was chaired by D Subba Rao who later became governor of RBI. He was succeeded by Ashok Chawla, who later became chairman of the Competition Commission of India. The other secretaries were equally distinguished civil servants,” he said. Chidambaram also said that leaks and insinuations in the particular case have been “deliberately fed” to a section of the media and “maliciously circulated” on social media. In a major controversy, CBI had filed
In a major controversy, CBI had filed an FIR against Karti, INX Media founders Indrani and Peter Mukerjea a fortnight ago. The FIR alleged Karti criminal conspiracy, cheating, receiving illegal gratification, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct. The CBI, in its FIR, claimed that Karti received money from INX Media through a company “indirectly controlled by him” for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it.