Chidambaram calls ED search at his home a 'comedy of errors'

Aircel-Maxis case ED found nothing in raids says Chidambaram

ED Raids Karti Chidambaram's Chennai And Delhi Homes, Finds Nothing!

On Thursday, ED had issued fresh summons to Karti Chidambaram who is the son of senior Congress leader and ex FM P Chidambaram, after he left out his appearance before it in links with the INX Media money laundering case probe.

The Congress on Saturday dubbed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids on P Chidambaram's premises in Delhi and Chennai as a "malicious vendetta" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government against its senior leaders.

Sources say that the ED chose to conduct the raids since Karti failed to appear before the agency on 11 January as per the summons they had sent him. However, Mr Karti's lawyer has said the Directorate has taken possession of no document during the search.

He said the ED officials searched the place "including the kitchen and the bathroom and obviously they found nothing".

The ED had registered a money laundering case against the former Finance Minister's son in May 2017.

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Speaking about the raid at Delhi's Jor Bagh, Chidambaram said, "In the comedy of errors they (ED) came to search the premises in Delhi's Jor Bagh and offices and told me they believed that Karti Chidambaram was the occupant of the house I told them otherwise". "They were embarrassed and apologetic that they found me as the occupant but they had no option but to complete the search". No FIR has been filed so far over the crime that they claim we did and they do not have proof over anything. The agency had conducted similar raids on the properties belonging to the family on 1 December previous year. In today's search, they thought Karti lives here.

In October a year ago, during investigation ED found that FIPB approval given by P Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case was beyond his mandate.

The CBI alleged that Karti Chidambaram received money from INX Media for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of FIPB conditions to receive investment from Mauritius. He claimed that the ED took background papers of case related to statement made in Parliament in 2012-13 and nothing else.

The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board approvals INX Media obtained in 2007 to receive funds worth Rs 305 crore from overseas. Under the PMLA, it charged that Karti had "also closed certain bank accounts and attempted to close other bank accounts in order to frustrate the process of attachment".

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