ED conducts raids at premises of P.Chidambaram, his son

Karti Chidambaram DH file

Karti Chidambaram DH file

On Thursday, ED had issued fresh summons to Karti Chidambaram who is the son of senior Congress leader and ex FM P Chidambaram, after he left out his appearance before it in links with the INX Media money laundering case probe.

As per sources, Chidambaram was present at the Delhi residence when the raids were conducted there. "They have collected 39 blue sheets, which are statements made by the government in Parliament between 2012 and 2013, and the background papers of the statement". "The property in Jor Bagh is jointly owned by Karti Chidambaram and (his mother) Nalini Chidambaram. The ED has no jurisdiction to investigate under PMLA", he added.

The Congress, too, was critical of the action against its senior leader and termed the ED raids "a malicious vendetta" by PM Narendra Modi and his government against senior Congress leaders.

Speaking from the Chennai residence, Karti Chidambaam's lawyer, Arun Natarajan, said, "Nothing was found and nothing was seized". On December 1 past year, the central probe agency had also conducted similar raids on the premises of a relative of Karti and others in the case.

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In May 2017, CBI registered a case against Karti Chidambaram the son of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in the connection with a corruption case and involved in the alleged misuse of foreign funds by INX media. "The CBI FIR in the case has not been quashed and P Chidambaram had earlier appeared before the CBI in the case". Karti Chidambaram is accused of facilitating bribes in the Aircel-Maxis transaction.

The Airtel-Maxis case was part of the wider 2G scam that engulfed the UPA regime.

Karti is alleged to have received Rs 3.5 crore from Mumbai-based INX media, now 9X Media, for helping it get the FIPB clearance when it was run by the Mukerjeas. 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".

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