Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram while addressing the media on raids conducted by Enforcement Directorate (ED) at son Karti Chidambaram’s premises in New Delhi and Chennai said that there is no FIR concerning a scheduled crime by CBI or any agency. The leader added, “I anticipated they’ll search premises in Chennai again but in a comedy of errors they came to Jor Bagh (in Delhi) & officers told me that they thought Karti is an occupant of this house but he is not,” according to ANI. While expressing disapproval over the raids conducted, Chidambaram said, “They (ED officials) searched & found nothing but since they had to justify themselves they took papers of a statement made by govt in the Parliament, a few years back. The ED has no jurisdiction to investigate under PMLA.”
Earlier in the day, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram’s premises in New Delhi and Chennai in connection to the INX Media money laundering case. In addition, the Enforcement Directorate is raiding Karti Chidambaram’s premises in Delhi and Chennai over the Aircel Maxis case also. Fresh summons was issued by ED for January 16 on Thursday after Karti Chidambaram skipped his appearance before the agency in connection with the money laundering case. A case was registered by the ED back in the month of May 2017 against Karti and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
According to an Indian Express report, an Enforcement Case Information Report was lodged by ED against the accused named in the CBI complaint which included Karti, INX media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, among others. The Enforcement Directorate has alleged that the former finance minister’s son received money from INX Media for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) conditions to receive investment from Mauritius.