P Chidambaram arrested by CBI, Son Karti says it’s a plot to divert attention from Article 370

Congress leader P Chidambaram’s son said the arrest of his father by the CBI is a plot to divert attention from the crucial issue of Article 370.

Karti Chidambaram told news agency ANI that the arrest of his father and senior Congress leader is “totally vindictive” and done by a “pliant” agency.

P Chidambaram was one of the leaders who had opposed the Centre’s recent move to scrap Article 370, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

He said, “This is only done to settle political scores. There was absolutely no necessity to have done this.”

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Junior Chidambaram further added that the dramatic arrest of his father was done to “create a spectacle on TV” and to tarnish the image of the Congress party.

Karti Chidambaram said, “This is a completely trumped-up case in which he has absolutely no connection. We will fight this out politically and legally.”

The CBI on Wednesday arrested former finance and home minister P Chidambaram following a lookout notice against him. Chidambaram, who was arrested in connection with the 2008 INX Media case, has been accused of money laundering and misusing the post of finance minister.

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His son Karti Chidambaram has also been accused of being involved in the case. While the Chidambarams have denied allegations against them, the Delhi High Court recently denied bail to the senior Congress leader and termed him as the “kingpin” of the scam.

The nation has witnessed a dramatic turn of events since Tuesday night as both the CBI and Enforcement Directorate attempted and failed to arrest P Chidambaram.

However, they finally managed to arrest the Congress leader from his residence on Wednesday night after his counsels failed to get an urgent hearing in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the order of the Delhi HC.

 

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