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Karti Chidambaram and others charged by ED in Chinese visa scam case

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ED files charge sheet against Karti Chidambaram, others in Chinese visa scam case

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet before the Special PMLA Court in Delhi against Karti P. Chidambaram and his former Chartered Accountant S. Bhaskararaman in the Chinese visa scam case. The court took cognizance of the charge sheet on Tuesday, naming Karti Chidambaram, Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited, Talwandi Sabo Power Limited, and others as accused in the money-laundering case.

The financial probe agency initiated the investigation based on an FIR registered by the CBI. The investigation by the ED revealed that Karti P. Chidambaram received illegal gratification of Rs 50 lakh through his close aide S. Bhaskararaman in exchange for facilitating the approval for the reuse of Chinese visas by Talwandi Sabo Power Limited.

According to a senior ED official, the company involved in establishing a power project in Mansa, Punjab, approached Karti P. Chidambaram for assistance in obtaining approval for visa reuse from the Ministry of Home Affairs, where his father served as Home Minister. The modus operandi involved the company issuing a Rs 50 lakh cheque to an entry operator for fictitious services, who then provided Rs 50 lakh in cash to Bhaskararaman.

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Subsequently, S. Bhaskararaman invested the cash sum into Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited, a company controlled by Karti P. Chidambaram. The value of this investment increased over time, constituting proceeds of crime under the provisions of the PMLA, 2002, as per the official.

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