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Chinese visa scam: CBI court grants bail to S Bhaskararaman

ANI | Updated: Jun 09, 2022 21:13 IST

New Delhi [India], June 9 (ANI): A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday granted bail to S Bhaskararaman in a Chinese Visa case registered by the premier probe agency of the country. He had been arrested by the CBI on 18 May in this case. He is a close aide of Congress MP Karti Chidambaram and his former Chartered Accountant.
Special CBI judge M K Nagpal of Rouse Avenue Court granted bail to S Bhaskararaman on furnishing a bail bond of Rs. 2 lakhs and one surety in the like amount. The court has imposed some conditions on the acccused.
The Court had sent him to judicial custody after CBI interrogation. The FIR was registered on 14 May 2022.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), while seeking remand, had alleged that the accused, being CA of Kartik Chidambaram, has relevant piece of information as well as various e-mails which are required to be extracted from him for which his police remand is required. A thorough detailed investigation is to be done to extract such information from the accused.

The CBI had registered a case against the five accused identified as Karti P Chidambaram, S Bhaskararaman, a close associate, Vikas Makharia, representing Mansa (Punjab) based private company, M/s Talwandi Sabo Power Limited, Mansa (Punjab), M/s Bell Tools Limited, Mumbai (Maharashtra) and unknown public servants and private persons.

It has been alleged that the private company based at Mansa was in the process of establishing a 1980 MW thermal power plant at Mansa (Punjab) and the establishment of the plant was outsourced to a Chinese Company.
"It has been further alleged that the project was running behind its schedule. In order to avoid penal actions for the delay, the said private company of Mansa was trying to bring more and more Chinese persons/professionals for their site at District Mansa (Punjab) and needed Project VISAs over and above the ceiling imposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs," the investigation agency said in an official release.
It has also been alleged that for the said purpose, the Representative of the said private company approached a person based in Chennai through his close associate/frontman 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) by granting permission to re-use 263 Project VISAs allotted to the said Chinese company's officials.
According to the release, it has also been alleged that in pursuance of the same, the said representative of a Mansa-based private company submitted a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking approval to re-use the Project VISAs allotted to this company, which was approved within a month and permission was issued to the company.
The CBI said that a bribe of Rs 50 lakh was allegedly demanded by a said private person based in Chennai through his close associate/frontman which was paid by the said Mansa-based private company.
"It has been further alleged that the payment of said bribe was routed from Mansa based private company to said private person of Chennai and his close associate/frontman through a Mumbai based company as payment of false invoice raised for consultancy and out of pocket expenses for Chinese VISAs related works whereas the private company based at Mumbai was never in any kind of work relating to VISAs rather it was in an entirely different business of industrial knives," it added,
Searches were conducted at around 10 places including Chennai, Mumbai, Koppal (Karnataka), Jharsuguda (Orissa), Mansa (Punjab), Delhi and others. (ANI)