The early morning arrest of Karti Chidambaram triggered a political row with the Congress crying “vendetta”, dubbing it a “diversionary tactic” and raising questions over the timing of the action, while the government dismissed the charge as an ‘alibi’ and insisted the law must take its course without interference.The suddenness of the move in connection with the CBI’s probe into the INX media corruption case has somewhat taken the sting out of Opposition’s proposed move to corner the government on the Nirav Modi case in Parliament when the Budget session re-convenes on March 5.“Congress party will not be deterred by vendetta against Mr P Chidambaram or his family. We will continue to speak the truth. We will continue to expose the Modi government’s corruption and we will continue to hold them accountable to people of the country,” Congress communication department chief Randeep Surjewala said.The party also fielded a battery of lawyers, including Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Singhvi to defend Karti, while his father P Chidambaram, the former Finance Minister, stayed away from media glare.Karti’s mother Nalini Chidambaram in Chennai declined to comment on the issue when pressed by a television crew. At the AICC headquarters, Congress president Rahul Gandhi also did not respond to repeated questions on the Karti episode.

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