Karti dubs Chidamabaram's arrest politically motivated

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram's son Karti lashed out at the CBI for arresting his father in the INX media case, saying it was a "totally politically motivated witch-hunt".

Minutes after Chidambaram, a former union minister, was taken to the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday night amid high drama from his house, Karti said the case was apparently about events that happened in 2008.

"This is totally a politically motivated witch-hunt," the Congress MP, who is an accused in the INX media case and out on bail, told reporters outside his residence here.

He alleged the entire thing was a drama and spectacle enacted by probe agencies to simply sensationalise and satisfy the "voyeuristic pleasure" of some.

"For events which happened in 2008 they filed an FIR in 2017 and in August 2019 they still don't have a charge sheet which means there is no case," he claimed.

The arrest of his father was an attempt aimed at diverting people's attention from serious issues, Karti alleged.

"This is a completely trumped up, made for television, made for media kind of spectacle," he charged.