Visa scam: Court asks CBI to give three-day prior notice to Congress MP Karti Chidambaram in case of arrest

Special Judge M K Nagpal passed the order while dismissing his anticipatory bail plea as withdrawn

Staff ReporterUpdated: Friday, May 20, 2022, 08:10 PM IST
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Karti Chidambaram | PTI

New Delhi: In connection with an alleged visa scam case, Congress MP Karti Chidambaram on Friday moved an anticipatory bail application in a Delhi Court. Opposing his bail plea before the court, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that the application was not maintainable at this stage. The court, however, observed that if the central probe agency wanted to arrest Karti, the latter needs to be given a notice three working days earlier. The court further stated that Karti shall join the investigation within 16 hours after he reaches India, after the court noted that he is presently not in India.

The Special CBI court on Thursday had remanded Karti Chidambaram's associate S Bhaskararaman to four days of CBI custody. Bhaskararaman, a chartered accountant was arrested by the CBI in Chennai on Tuesday, after searches at multiple locations across the country. He was brought to Delhi on Wednesday after a Chennai court permitted CBI his transit remand.

As per the CBI, Bhaskararaman was the frontman for Karti and allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 50 lakh to facilitate visas for 263 Chinese nationals in violation of the norms of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Mansa company representative Vikas Makharia had approached Chidambaram through Bhaskararaman and thereafter they devised a back-door way to defeat the purpose of the ceiling (maximum of project visas permissible to the company’s plant).

On Thursday, the CBI told the court that Bhaskararaman had been 'non-cooperative'. The agency also informed the court that a property sale deed recovered during the searches revealed that the power of attorney was in the name of Bhaskararaman. The property was bought by Karti Chidambaram and his mother. The CBI also told the court that they want to investigate a few email accounts as well and required Bhaskararaman's custody.

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