'Furious' FM P. Chidambaram forces CBI to call off raids on DMK's M K Stalin
Searches were carried out at 19 places across Tamil Nadu, including at Stalin's home in Chennai, this morning in a case of alleged tax evasion of imported cars.
The Congress ministers in the UPA including P Chidambaram and Kamal Nath strongly disapproved of the CBI searches, as the Centre distanced itself from the action saying it was not aware of the raids.
With opposition to the raids coming on strong, CBI called off the searches.
In his strongly worded reaction, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram "strongly disapproved" of the CBI raid, saying the action is bound to be misunderstood.
He added, "It is bound to be misunderstood," he said.
The Finance Minister said he came to know about the CBI action around 8.30 a.m and conveyed his feelings to the Minister in-charge of CBI.
V Narayanasamy, who is the Minister of State in the PMO and Department of Personnel and Training(DoPT), is the Minister in-charge of CBI.
DMK, which pulled out of UPA on Tuesday and withdrew its ministers yesterday, said the action was a "political vendetta" amid reports that the agency concluded its searches after the uproar broke out.
Chidambaram, a Lok Sabha MP from Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu, said normally he does not comment on the working of another department but in this case he