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

INX Media case ED conducts raids at Chidambaram Karti's

The sleuths of Enforcement Directorate conducted raids at the premises of senior Congress leader P.Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in Chennai and Delhi this morning.

Reacting to ED raids senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said, "Not surprised by the malicious vendetta being unleashed against senior Congress leaders including P Chidambaram and his son. I anticipated they'll search premises in Chennai again but in a comedy of errors they came to Jor Bagh (Delhi) and officers told me that they thought Karti is an occupant of this house but he is not", Chidambaram was quoted by ANI as saying.

File image of Karti Chidambaram.

"Since they had the search warrant, I did not raise any objections to the search but I said I will record my protest that there is no FIR in respect of the scheduled crime registered by any investigating agency including the CBI".

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Addressing reporters in Delhi, Chidambaram said the ED has "no jurisdiction" to conduct the searches and that some of these properties belonged to him. According to initial reports, the raids which are being conducted in Delhi and Chennai are in relation to the Aircel-Maxis case.

Speaking from the Chennai residence, Karti Chidambaam's lawyer, Arun Natarajan, said, "Nothing was found and nothing was seized".

In October, 2017, during investigation ED found that Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval given by P Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case was beyond his mandate. In 2011, Aircel's former head, C Sivasankaran, complained to the CBI that he was being forced by the then Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran to sell Aircel to the Malaysia-based Maxis Communications group. 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".

It was alleged that Karti received Rs 3.5 crore for assisting INX media in getting FIPB approval.

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