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After CBI, ED set to file case against Karti Chidambaram, INX Media

The ED case will be filed under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It will follow a case of corruption filed by CBI on Monday against Karti and the INX group.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2017 8:19 am
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to file a case of money laundering against Karti Chidambaram and INX Media in connection with alleged irregularities in the grant of FIPB approval to the company to get foreign direct investment.

The ED case will be filed under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It will follow a case of corruption filed by CBI on Monday against Karti and the INX group.

“We have received the CBI FIR and a case of money laundering will soon be registered,” said a senior ED official. Such a case will also open doors for ED to possibly attach assets in the case.

Notably, it was on ED’s reference that the case against Karti and INX Media was registered by the CBI. The ED, which is already investigating a company associated with Karti in connection with the Aircel Maxis deal and FDI inflow into Vasan Healthcare, had found documents related to the INX Media FDI inflow during searches.

The ED had found documents that showed Advantage Strategic Consulting, a company that CBI claimed is indirectly controlled by Karti, was paid Rs 10 lakh as consultancy fees to help it get FIPB approval in 2008. Karti’s father P Chidambaram was then Finance Minister.

The CBI on Tuesday conducted raids at premises linked to Karti and the residence of Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea among 14 locations spread across Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi NCR in connection with the case.

The CBI FIR alleged that INX’s FDI inflow had been initially flagged by FIPB for irregularities and it had sought clarification from the media house. However, after it roped in a company owned by Karti Chidambaram for consultancy, its fresh proposal was approved by FIPB “by virtue of influence exercised over them by Karti P Chidambaram”, the CBI FIR says.

By doing this, the CBI has alleged that the officials “not only ignored the serious illegality on the part of M/S INX Media… but also embarked on showing undue favour to INX Group by abusing their official position”.

In return of the services, CBI has alleged, Karti Chidambaram got a payment of Rs 10 lakh through Advantage Strategic Consulting, “which was controlled by him (Karti) indirectly”. It has also alleged that it found invoices for Rs 3.5 crore in favour of INX Media raised by companies in which Karti has “sustainable interest” and “where there are common directors”.

Denying any wrongdoing, Karti Chidambaram said yesterday: “I am being targeted politically and personally to besmirch the name of my father. They have not seized any documents and cannot prove any charges against me. I have not done anything wrong.”

Reacting to the raids, P Chidambaram, had said: “The government’s aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organisations. All I will say is I shall continue to speak and write.”

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    S .N. Iyer
    May 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm
    the CBI and ED have obviously found enough evidence to file cases against Karti Chidambaram and one can look forward to the logical end of this alleged corruption.ON the same day, we have news that Mr Janardhan Reddy who faces several cases of illegal mining based on investigations made by the former Lok Ayukth of Karnataka has been found not guilty in four cases out of 28. Mr Reddy was the king pin wen the BJP won the elections in 2009 by conducting an Operation LOtus to get independents t o join the BJP as ociate members by the use of various methods. Is this the start of the bJP's campaign for the 2018 elections in Karnataka? It also seems quite coincidental that the present Govt finds corruption only in opposition parties while no BJP member finds himself in any case of corruption. The NDA has also amended laws thru the Finance Bill of 2016 and 2017 to legalise foreign donations as also remove any limit on donations to political parties. Legalised corruption by law!
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      Chandra
      May 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm
      Already keji hi family are playing the victim card now this man is adopting to stop the agencies from attaching their I'll gotten wealth
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        Anand Prakash
        May 18, 2017 at 11:57 am
        Glad the government has started action against corruption. However, why only opposition leaders are targeted? What about the GSPC scam pointed out by the CAG, the Chikki scam....... et al in which BJP members are involved? Just sweeping these scams under the rug does not make the BJP government clean.
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          Chandra
          May 18, 2017 at 11:32 am
          This is very good indeed. All these fat cats should be made to face the law and held to account. But what about the fat cats in BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal, Shive Sena etc? If you expect people to believe that the likes of Jaitley, Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Parikkar, Javadekar, Gadkari etc., are all "innocent" , that hog wash! Will it take another ru party to bring these worthies to book? Then what is the difference between UPA and NDA ??
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            May 18, 2017 at 10:31 am
            This is just the tip of the iceberg. All kinds of economic thuggery have been committed by these rogues. It is ic to keep on hearing this parroting of 'political vendetta', 'silencing voice' etc. What vendetta? What political threat are these two to anybody or party? What silencing? Even IE regularly carries Chidu's 'voice'. Let the government departments do their job.
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