Karti Chidambaram, son of former union finance minister P Chidambaram, on Tuesday slammed the media for running a 'completely wild, unverified and unsubstantiated' campaign against his father. Karti issued a statement on behalf of the Chidambaram family and said it was understandable that the motive of the government is to demonise and humiliate his father.
The senior Chidambaram is under the custody of Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the INX Media corruption case, that concerns the grant of FIPB clearance to INX Media group in 2007 for receiving foreign investment when Chidambaram was the finance minister.
'We are distressed to note that the media has been reporting completely wild, unverified and unsubstantiated allegations against P Chidambaram in the last few days. While we understand that the motive of the government to demonise and humiliate Sh P Chidambaram, we are deeply saddened that the media is unable to uphold liberty against calumny. One of the fundamental principles of liberty is - ‘every person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law’,' the statement, posted on Karti’s Twitter account, read.
Expressing confidence that 'ultimately, truth will prevail', Karti noted that 'a campaign of vilification' cannot wipe out his father’s impeccable honesty, work as well as contribution.
Karti said the family had enough money and there was no urge to seek the same in unlawful ways. He rejected the charge that they had properties and bank accounts in foreign countries, numerous shell companies etc, calling them all ‘ghost stories’.