On November 20th, Supreme Court had granted Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, permission to travel to the United Kingdom for 10 days for the admission of his daughter in a Cambridge University college.
Everyone was thinking that the reason given by Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad was genuine. But the entire story has taken a twist after a well-known software inventor and thinker Sree Iyer, posed few questions.
He said that Karti Chidambaram’s travel dates were from 1 to 10 December but these travel dates didn’t match with the university’s admission dates. Strange isn’t it?
There is something unusual about the foreign visit because firstly, Karthi’s daughter’s admission dates doesn’t tally up with his travel dates. Secondly, the reason given by Karthi is quite suspicious. Why does Karthi himself want to be present for his daughter’s admission even though there is no such rules set by the university?
“Quick read (of the Cambridge University’s academic calendar) suggests that the next term (Lent) begins on Jan 5, 2018. The previous term ends on Dec 19th. So why is Karthi leaving on Dec 1st? Is it really Cambridge or something near Cambridge? Even that does not jell…” says Sree Iyer who has 37 patents in his name.
When I was a student, not even a single student came with his/her parents!!!
“I cast my mind back to my student days when I arrived in the United States as a Graduate student, with 10 dollars in my pocket. It was late August and I had to take a Bus to go to the campus, which was a further 60 miles (100 km) from the airport. I knew no one in the University and managed to survive (just like hundreds of others who were going to college). I did not see any parent (US or foreign) who accompanied the student in the year I started. I do know of (only) one student whose parents accompanied him to the University”, Sree Iyer mentioned in his letter.
Mr Karthi, come out clean!!!
“I am sure Supreme Court, the CBI lawyer and others carefully went through Karthi’s application to ascertain the dates/ venues/ letter of admission etc. Will Karthi clear the air and put at ease the fears of inquiring minds?”. This was how Sree Iyer challenged Karthi Chidambaram.
Why is the CBI behind Karthi Chidambaram?
- In the 3rd week of May, The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) raided the residences of former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti P Chidambaram. The raid took place at 14 other locations across Delhi, Noida and Mumbai.
- These raids were conducted after an FIR was registered against Karti Chidambaram over Foreign Investment Promotion Board’s (FIPB) approvals for INX media — then owned by Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani — in 2007-2008.
- INX Media was allowed to seek FDI worth Rs 4.62 crores only. However, in contravention of FIPB rules, it created FDI worth Rs 300 crores through the process of “downstream investment”, by issuing shares at premium of Rs 800.This irregularity came to light when FIPB sent notice to the media firm.
By the above facts, one thing is clear that Karti Chidambaram took bribes from the Mukherjee with a promise to get them clearances using his father’s -P Chidambaram- influence.