New Delhi: The CBI on Saturday questioned Lok Sabha MP Karti Chidambaram for the third day in a row to probe allegations of bribery of Rs 50 lakh to issue visas to 263 Chinese workers involved in the construction of the Talwandi Sabo power project. In 2011, officials said.
He arrived at the CBI headquarters in the morning to face the investigation team. They said the interrogation could continue throughout the day with a lunch break
The CBI has been questioning Karti Chidambaram since Thursday in the 11-year-old case, which Congress leader termed “the most bogus” and the result of “political revenge”.
The incident took place in 2011 when his father P Chidambaram was the Union Home Minister.
The CBI had on May 14 registered an FIR against Karti and others for allegedly bribing him and his close associate S Bhaskarraman to the tune of Rs 50 lakh by the top executive of Vedanta Group Company Talwandi Sabo Power Limited (TSPL). Project visas have been issued for 263 Chinese workers, the CBI said in an FIR.
TSPL was setting up a power plant in Punjab.
Project Visa is a special type of visa introduced in the power and steel sector in 2010, for which detailed guidelines were issued during the tenure of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram. However, there was no provision for re-issuing project visas, the FIR alleged.
The agency has already arrested Bhaskararaman in the case.


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