CBI on Friday carried out checks across 150 places in the country, as a part of a massive crackdown on corruption. The special drive was conducted primarily at such points of corruption where common citizens or small businessmen feel maximum pinch of corruption in the government machinery, officials said.
The drive will sensitise all stakeholders about possible avenues of corruption and the difficulties common citizens face while seeking services from such departments, the officials said.
The special checks were carried out across various departments, including- Railways, Coal Mines and Coal Fields, Medical and Health Care organisations, Food corporation of India, Power, Municipal Corporation, ESIC, Transport, CPWD, Fire services, Sub registrar Offices, Industries Department, GST department, Port Trust, National Highways, DAVP, Airport Authority of India, Public sector oil companies, DGFT, Public sector banks, Financial Institutions, Archeological department, Shipping Corporation, BSNL, Mines and Minerals and others.
Rouse Avenue Court on Friday extended Congress leader P Chidambaram's CBI custody for five days in connection with the INX media case. He will remain in custody till September 2 when the Supreme Court will hear his petition challenging the trial court's order to remand him to CBI's custody.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) K M Natrajan told the trial court that the Congress leader, Chidambaram was being questioned for eight to ten hours every day.Chidambaram's lawyer Dayan Krishnan said that the former Finance Minister had raised serious objections with the "nature of the investigation".
"They have not put any document relating to shell companies and other relevant things before him so far," he told the court.
Krishnan also said that Chidambaram was shown three files for 20 times and no document on money trail was put forth before him during the questioning.
The senior Congress leader is in the CBI custody since his arrest on August 21 following his dramatic late night arrest.
The former Union Minister is facing probe in cases registered by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) pertaining to the case.
The ED is also seeking his custodial interrogation related to money laundering allegations. The Supreme Court, however, has granted him interim protection from arrest by the ED till September 5.
In 2017, the CBI had registered an FIR alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance was given to INX Media to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Chidambaram was the Union finance minister.