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ED raids PC, son’s dozen premises

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ED raids PC, son’s dozen premises

The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday conducted searches at around dozen premises linked to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in Delhi, Chennai and their hometown Karaikudi in connection with the Aircel-Maxis and INX Media probes. The raids started at 7 am and ended by 11 am.

Reacting to the ED action, Chidambaram, whose Jor Bagh home here was also searched, said this was nothing but political vendetta and claimed the ED could not get anything from his homes.

“Yesterday (Friday), the Supreme Court issued notice on the cases filed by my son Karti Chidambaram. These cases have been filed some time ago, notices were issued yesterday and the respondents were asked to file their reply if they wish to and the cases posted for hearing on January 30. The main ground in the case is that there is no FIR in respect of a scheduled crime registered by any police agency including the CBI,” Chidambaram told mediapersons here after the searches.

He said he was expecting it after the SC notice to ED on the petition filed by his son. The former Finance Minister also claimed that the ED has no jurisdiction to conduct raids under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

“They raided my bedroom, kitchen and living room. They have taken some loose papers about Government’s position in Parliament on the subject (Aircel-Maxis scam) in 2012 or 2013. They got nothing and officers were embarrassed.

They raided three times my Chennai home and got nothing,” he said without taking any questions from media.

His son Karti was not present when the searches were happening. In his Chennai home, his mother and wife were present.

The Congress termed the ED raids as “malicious vendetta” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP Government against its senior leaders. “Not surprised by the malicious vendetta being unleashed against senior Congress leaders including P Chidambaram and his son,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

Surjewala also said that Modi and his Government use the ED and the CBI as “captive puppies”. “Everyday Prime Minister Modi and his Government use the ED and the CBI as captive puppets to seek revenge from the Opposition,” Surjewala added.

ED officials claimed they had already found in earlier raids that Karti-linked companies had accepted around two lakh dollars from Malaysian company Maxis, when the files of Maxis’ takeover of Aircel were with P Chidambaram, the then Finance Minister. In the INX Media case, Karti’s firms accepted `5 crore as bribe from INX Media promoters and murder accused Peter and Indrani Mukherjeas, ED officials claimed. Both cases related to the illegal FIPB approvals given by Chidambaram as Finance Minister.

ED has now asked Karti to appear personally in its Delhi office on January 16. Karti hasn’t appeared before the ED even after repeated summons for the past one year. The Supreme Court has directed the CBI and ED to submit detailed status report of the probe in Aircel-Maxis scam by January 23. 



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