Brother of P. Chidambaram
P. Annamalai (Deceased)
Father of P. Chidambaram
Palaniappa Chettiar (Army Officer)
Mother of P. Chidambaram
Lakshmi Achi (Homemaker)
Sister of P. Chidambaram
Uma Narayanan (Businesswoman)
Son of P. Chidambaram
Karti Chidambaram (Politician & Businessman)
Wife/Spouse of P. Chidambaram
Awards, Honours, Achievements of P. Chidambaram
Best Administrator in India Award by the K. Karunakaran Foundation in 2012
Business Reformer of the Year Award by ET Awards in September 2013
Controversies of P. Chidambaram
He had to resign in July 1992 as the Minister of State for Commerce after it was revealed that her wife knowingly invested in the shares of a company involved in a share market scandal.
On 6 April 2009, while addressing a press conference on why the Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was given a clean chit in the 1984 Sikh Riots, a journalist threw a shoe at Chidambaram. The journalist, later identified as Jarnail Singh, said he threw the shoe as Chidambaram did not answer his questions.
In 2013, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani sent a letter to P. Chidambaram accusing him of money laundering by working with NDTV and laundering INR 5,000 Crores through the Mauritius route back to India.
Chidambaram was criticized after the 13 July 2011 Mumbai bombings. It was pointed out by the media and several politicians that even though heavy investments were made to upgrade the intelligence and security of the nation after the 26/11 attacks of 2008, the 2011 bombings took place.
Reports in 2012 and 2016 revealed that his son, Karti Chidambaram, along with Robert Vadra, took advantage of P. Chidambaram's position as the Finance Minister in 2006 and were direct beneficiaries of the 2G scam. They made provisions for the Aircel-Maxis deal to happen in exchange for shares and bribes. Chidambaram was accused of delaying the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Proposal by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) by seven months until his son received the kickbacks from the Aircel-Maxis deal.
January 2008- The Income Tax department flagged Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of 305 Crores INR to the INX Media Pvt Ltd. (then owned by Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea) by 3 Mauritius based companies. The case was transferred to the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
2010- The ED registered a case of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violations against INX Media.
2016- When the ED was investigating Karti Chidambaram in a separate case, they found documents linked to the INX Media case on his CA's computer, which showed payments made by INX Media to Karti's company. The payments were made when P. Chidambaram granted Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to INX Media.
15 May 2017- The ED registered a case of corruption against P. Chidambaram.
11 October 2018- The ED captured properties worth 54 Crores INR in India, UK, and Spain in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.
11 July 2019- Indrani Mukerjea became an approver in the INX Media case and accepted the conditions by the ED to provide all the information related to the case. Following this, P. Chidambaram filed for an anticipatory bail in the Delhi High Court.
20 August 2019- The Delhi High Court rejected Chidambaram's bail plea, and he was asked to appear before the court. Chidambaram filed for an anticipatory bail in the Supreme Court of India, which was rejected too, following which he went missing for 27 hours. Meanwhile, the CBI issued a look-out notice for Chidambaram.
21 August 2019- Chidambaram appeared in the AICC headquarters at 8 PM and did a press conference stating that he was innocent and he was being targeted due to a political vendetta by the BJP. Soon after the press conference, he went to his home in Jor Bagh, New Delhi. The CBI reached his residence, but he refused to open the doors. CBI officials then had to climb the walls and arrest Chidambaram from his residence.
5 September 2019- He was sent to Tihar Jail for 14 days by a CBI Court in the INX Media case.
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