BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today alleged that investigative agencies have been provided information about 21 undisclosed foreign bank accounts of former finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti or his companies and claimed an appropriate action was not being taken. Karthi, however, rubbished Swamy’s allegation as “outrageous” and emphasised that all his “assets are duly reflected in IT filings”.
At a press conference here, Swamy, a former union minister, also targeted the Finance Ministry, alleging it did not appear to be keen to pursue the matter. Swamy alleged that there is no “political sanction” to act against Karthi even after three summons by the Enforcement Directorate(ED). Swamy alleged the Finance Ministry had “favoured” Karthi and said he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue.
“It is shocking that CBI and ED having been provided the details of 21 undeclared foreign accounts of Karti Chidambaram and of the companies he controls, have failed to proceed,” Swamy said.
He alleged that Karti, in his election affidavit for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, mentioned that he had no foreign accounts.
Hitting out at the Finance Ministry over demonetisation, the BJP leader said, “excellent measure of demonetisation has not produced the full desired result because of lack of cooperation from the ministry”.
Answering a query about the quantum of money in the accounts, Swamy said: “He must have amassed easily a total of Rs 6 lakh crore.”
Karti is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with Aircel-Maxis deal.
Karti was quick to deny Swamy’s allegations in posts on twitter, minutes after the press conference.
“Some outrageous claims have been made about me. My filings are up to date n completely in compliance with
regulatory/statutory requirements,” Karti tweeted.
“My family’s n my assets are duly reflected in our IT filings. My companies have made all declarations as required by statutory requirements,” he added. Swamy also targeted former finance minister P Chidambaram
alleging there were irregularities in the clearances given for the Aircel-Maxis deal during his tenure.
(Including IANS inputs)