On Monday, the Tamil Nadu Assembly’s strength reduced to 216 seats after Dhanapal disqualified 18 MLAs supporting rebel leader TTV Dinakaran
“In Aircel-Maxis, FIPB recommended and I approved minutes. CBI should question me and not harass Karti Chidambaram,” Chidambaram said in a series of tweets, adding, “Sad CBI spreading misinformation. In Aircel-Maxis, FIPB officials have recorded statements before CBI that approval given was valid.”
The agency had called Karti for questioning on Thursday in connection with the foreign investment clearance given in 2006 in the Aircel Maxis deal when his father P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister.
Blaming demonetisation for the current deceleration in the economy, Chidambaram warned that the worst was yet to come.
“Congress may be in government, another party may be in government. (But) People who are being killed are people speaking against religious bigotry, majoritarianism, superstition, religious intolerance,” said P Chindambaram.
The former finance minister has been a staunch critic of Narendra Modi’s decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes, while slamming the RBI for recommending it to the government.
CBI officials said that since the hearing in the Sheena Bora case is currently underway with one of the main witnesses deposing, they will decide on the ED’s plea to interrogate her.
“The Prime Minister must take full responsibility for destroying the economy of the country by his reckless decision on demonetisation and flawed policy directions. Publicity and propaganda cannot be an acceptable alternative to effective decision-making and course corrections,”Congress leader Anand Sharma said.
“The slide in economy continues. Slow growth, low investment and no jobs. An explosive cocktail. Our worst fears have come true. Sub-6% growth is a catastrophe, ” Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram tweeted.
“Rs 16000 cr out of demonetised notes of Rs 1544,000 cr did not come back to RBI. That is 1%. Shame on RBI which ‘recommended’ demonetisation. “RBI ‘gained’ Rs 16000 crore, but ‘lost’ Rs 21000 crore in printing new notes! The economists deserve Nobel Prize,” he said in a tweets.
The RBI, nine months after the Centre announced the move to withdraw old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes in a bid to cut down on black money, said in its annual report that Rs 15.28 lakh crore out of the Rs 15.44 lakh crore withdrawn currency have come back into the banking system.
Karti was questioned for the second time in connection with the dealings that a company associated with him had with INX Media, which got Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval when Chidambaram was finance minister.
The nine-member group, which has P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, AICC general secretary Ambika Soni, senior leader Karan Singh, state Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir and senior Kashmir leader Tariq Hameed Karra, will travel to all three regions of the state.
When the panel met Monday, Chidambaram said that with the apex court’s ruling, the security of Aadhaar data is something in which the Home Ministry will have a role and hence the whole issue now needs to be examined again. Most members in the panel concurred.
Three suspected associates of Karti –Bhaskar Raman, Ravi Vishwanathan and Mohanan Rakesh — are also being questioned today in connection with the case, the sources said.