Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram took a dig at the Enforcement Directorate and said that the agency is trying to intimidate him and is skirting the issue of jurisdiction, as per Times Now report. P Chidambaram said,
“The allegations in the Press note (ED) are a crazy mixture of falsehoods and conjectures. The press note is intended to intimidate me and to silence my voice. I will not be intimidated. As and when the Attachment Order is served, suitable action will be taken in accordance with law.”
The Congress leader’s comment came after the Enforcement Directorate had attached his son, Karti Chidambaram’s bank accounts and assets in connection with Aircel Maxis case, as per ANI report. It has been learnt that Karti’s fixed deposits worth Rs. 90 lakh have also been attached, the report says. On September 22, the CBI had claimed in the Supreme Court that a lookout notice was issued against Karti Chidambaram to prevent him from travelling abroad as he was closing several of his foreign bank accounts, according to a PTI report.
The Supreme court, which was hearing the matter relating to a corruption case against Karti, was informed by the agency that several issues have come out during the investigation and many others were expected to be revealed. The CBI wanted to place the documents concerning its investigation in a sealed cover before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which was opposed by Karti’s counsel and senior advocate Kapil Sibal, PTI reported on September 22.
In another case against Karti that pertains to an FIR lodged by the CBI on May 15, alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when his father was the Finance Minister during the then UPA regime.