Former finance minister P. Chidambaram was arrested last week for his alleged involvement in the grant of foreign investment for Indrani and Peter Mukerjea’s INX Media in violation of the law. With the ongoing talked-about case where P Chidambaram has been repeatedly denied the plea regarding the INX Media Case, the CBI has confronted arrested former finance minister P Chidambaram with former NITI Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar in connection with the case.
A 1975-batch IAS officer of the Union Territory cadre, Khullar was the additional secretary in the finance ministry when developments related to the INX Media allegedly took place in the ministry. Meanwhile, the special court has extended the CBI custody of Chidambaram till 30 August, they said. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Additional Solicitor General KN Nataraj, representing the CBI, told the court there was sufficient ground for extension of Chidambaram’s custodial interrogation as he was confronted with a co-accused from 23-26 August.
How Chidambaram Lost His Power?
Looking at the previous controversies relating P Chidambaram in anyways, let’s take a route through some of them:
The Voluntary Disclosure of Income Scheme (VDIS) 1997, which he announced when he was Finance Minister with the United Front government, was alleged by the Controller and Auditor General of India as abusive because of the loopholes that made it possible to fudge data to the financial advantage of the confessor.
The dark clouds of the 2G scam and the repeated evidence being given by A. Raja and other accused of his tacit involvement and other acts of omission and commission are closing in on Chidambaram.
Chidambaram was criticized for his ministry’s failure to prevent the 2011 Mumbai bombings, despite massive investments in security following the 2008 Mumbai attacks. His comments regarding the Mumbai blasts as Home Minister have been problematic, instead of taking control and responsibility of the situation, and providing leadership, the only thing he could think of saying was, “No intelligence is not an intelligence failure.”
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner in 2011 that data entry operators at Sivaganga had transferred 3,400 votes polled by Kannappan from 11 polling stations in Chidambaram’s favor. News reports suggest that on May 16, 2009, the AIADMK candidate Raja Kannappan was declared elected by 3555 votes at 12.30 pm, and the news was also broadcast on television. But in a dramatic reversal a few hours later, P Chidambaram was declared elected by 3354 votes at 4.30 pm and was confirmed as the winner after a recount at 8.30 pm.
Chidambaram’s record as Home Minister has been disastrous. Neither has he made any impact on internal security, with the worst massacres of his own paramilitary forces, nor on terrorism. Although these carry on in complete complacency because there neither are effective, preventive or any punitive systems in place, nor political will and national legislation.
Congress Leaders Other Than Chidambaram who Faced Charges.
Take a look at other Congress leaders who have faced charges.
Digvijay Singh- Former Congress General Secretary and Madhya Pradesh CM was alleged last year to have shared false evidence and to misguide the court in relation with the Vyapam scam. Singh had earlier filed a complaint seeking the criminal prosecution of then MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and others for alleged involvement in the scam. Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath and former MP Jyotiraditya Scindia have also been booked for allegedly fabricating evidence. The case is however still under trial.
Shashi Tharoor- The Congress MP had been booked under the suspect of his wife Ms. Sunanda Pushkar’s death. The Delhi Police filed a charge sheet in 2018, four years after his wife was found dead in The Leela Palace in Delhi. Tharoor is accused of abetment to suicide and subjecting Sunanda to cruelty. He was granted bail in the same year.
D.K. Shivakumar– Karnataka’s former minister, D. K. Shivakumar, has faced not one or two, rather four cases during his tenure of being the minister. First being the help he lent to the Congress for keeping 42 Gujarat MLAs at a resort ahead of the 2017 Rajya Sabha election.
In the second case, he found himself facing two income tax cases in 2018. In a third case, proceedings against Shivakumar and two others have been stayed till 4 September by the Karnataka High Court, after a special court refused to discharge them in a case where they were alleged to have willfully attempted to evade tax and file a false income tax statement. He was discharged in the cases, pertaining to allegations of destruction of evidence and tax evasion, earlier this year. The fourth case was filed by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in September 2018 on the suspect of transporting huge amounts of cash through hawala channels.
Bhupinder Hooda- One of the many controversial cases against the Haryana minister is perhaps the one where he is involved in the DLF land scam. Allegedly, the minister has sold the property at cheaper prices to Robert Vadra, who in-turn is said to have sold these properties for a massive profit to DLF. In 2015, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government set up a one-man commission to probe the charges against all parties. It is believed there was collusion that benefited Vadra.
With this, the list hasn’t ended. The Congress government in combinations has faced numerous controversies and charges that have led them down again and again. The Rahul-Sonia duo has broken all records in this aspect where corruption and controversy have played a part.