BJD with AIADMK in Parliament ruckus over Karti Chidambaram on Aircel-Maxis issue

AIADMK displayed copies of an English daily which claimed that Karti Chidambaram has invested in real estate across the world, as per investigations by the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities during searches at his premises

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 2, 2016 1:15 pm
Karti Chidambaram at the Parliament House in New Delhi (Express file photo) Karti Chidambaram at the Parliament House in New Delhi (Express file photo)

With the Tamil Nadu assembly polls around the corner, the AIADMK raised the political heat Tuesday on former Union Minister P Chidambaram by stalling proceedings in both Houses of Parliament to seek action against his son Karti based on a news report about his alleged business interests abroad.

With AIADMK MPs displaying copies of The Pioneer newspaper which claimed in a report that raids by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax had revealed Karti’s investments in real estate deals as part of a “huge business empire” across the world, Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day at around 2.45 pm and Rajya Sabha around 4 pm.

Later, Karti said in a statement, “One newspaper has made allegations against me, which have been adequately refuted in the past. Myself and my business are fully compliant with all laws and regulations.”

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He also told reporters, “All filings are up to date. All statutory regulatory filings are completely up to date. That is all I have got to say… If I am compliant, I can’t be money laundering.”

The BJD, meanwhile, submitted two notices for discussions in Lok Sabha on the alleged Aircel-Maxis scam. The CBI is investigating whether the then finance minister P Chidambaram was the competent authority to give approval to Maxis subsidiary Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd to invest $800 million in Aircel Ltd in 2006; other similar cases were sent to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for approval.

After Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu stated that the Government was open to a debate, BJD floor leader Bhartruhari Mahtab submitted a notice under Rule 184 (which entails voting) and another under Rule 193 (requiring a reply from the Government, but without a head count).

The notice under Rule 184 read: “This House disapproves of the tardy manner in which investigations are being conducted in the Aircel-Maxis scam and the failure of the investigating agencies to file a charge-sheet in the scam”.

While the AIADMK is gunning for Chidambaram’s son in the backdrop of the coming polls, the BJD appears to have tagged along to check the Congress from emerging as the sole anti-BJP force at the national level. The BJD is also trying to revive the idea of a federal formation comprising three regional leaders — Naveen Patnaik (BJD), Mamata Banerjee (Trinamool Congress) and J Jayalalithaa (AIADMK) — that had got stuck after generating initial enthusiasm.

This time, indications are that the Congress and the Left would go together in West Bengal, which sets the Trinamool Congress against the main opposition party. In Tamil Nadu, the Congress and the DMK have already announced their alliance.

In Lok Sabha, AIADMK leader P Venugopal demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi make a statement on the issue in the House. While Congress members protested when Venugopal alleged that two former union ministers had made crores in the Aircel-Maxis deal, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the case was in Supreme Court and that the government could only do what was within the law.

In the Rajya Sabha, too, the AIADMK contingent blocked proceedings through the day, demanding the arrest of P Chidambaram. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that the government had “engineered these protests” to force the postponement of a calling attention motion that Opposition parties had brought on inflammatory speeches by leaders of the ruling party.

In Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien even threatened the protesting AIADMK MPs, led by V Maitreyan, with suspension but to no avail.

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    Rajan
    Mar 1, 2016 at 9:01 am
    If Karti has done wrong, please go and prosecute him. Did anyone stopped ? I think ADMK is doing this at the behest of BJP to divert issues.
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      A Panikker
      Mar 2, 2016 at 10:14 am
      BJP is not clean either. iyurappa indulged in corruption and was let go citing crruption charges. But once he is back into BJP, recently corruption charges against him have been dropped. We all know Jayalalitha got convicted and later acquitted. Pramod Mahajan was into collection and his own brother killed him in a money dispute. Chidambrama may have done this corruption, but BJP is leaking to diver the attention from Vemula issue
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        Anil
        Mar 2, 2016 at 7:56 am
        Congress Party Equation: (NH AM)X= (Like Mother, Like Son Like Father, Like Son)X
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          ashok
          Mar 2, 2016 at 1:16 am
          Both father and son are looters of the nation unfortunate only in India such individuals become chief guests what a shame.Even Britishers would be ashamed to what chidambaram and karti as done
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            author
            Mar 5, 2016 at 9:12 am
            This is how thieves look.
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              Kaliyug
              Mar 2, 2016 at 8:16 pm
              Jho Karti woh Barti.
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                Kaliyug
                Mar 2, 2016 at 8:19 pm
                The confidence on Karti;s face shows that he know nothing is going to take place, except the media circus and denials. India is a weak county with weaker laws to convict people who are rich and politically connected from facing the wrath of the laws. Chidambarams involvement in the 3/4G scandals have not surfaced yet. The Bofors fraud case died and now fully forgotten.
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                  Kaliyug
                  Mar 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm
                  There are very politicians in India dead or alive or without power who are not tainted, most of their families have hidden wealth in myriads of accounts around the globe, the banking secrecy laws that help the thieves is well in place. Nothing good is going to come out of Kartik's story, it is the same like Bofors, all smoke and no conviction.
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                    Dharam
                    Mar 2, 2016 at 2:12 am
                    Congress and DMK will go together for any election for next 1000000 years. Reasons Both looted the nation kazanas and they know each others. If one open the mouth the rest of the team will be in Tihar jail. People like Chiddhu, his son Karti, Karuninidhi and his family including Raja, his one time girlfriend Kanimozhi, stalin, Maran, etc looted the nation. The paper mentioned only investments in abroad, what about in India. Most of the dental and eye hospitals are run by father and son Arrest Chiddu and Karti immidiately
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                      ASHOK KUMAR
                      Mar 1, 2016 at 7:34 am
                      P Chitambaram and his son will be in trouble. As you sow, so shall you reap is an old saying.
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                        Sunil
                        Mar 1, 2016 at 8:44 am
                        Its NDA's trick to divert the attention from Rohit Vemula suicide issue and JNU issue for which Privilege Motion notice has been given in both houses of Parliament. See BJP Minister raising slogans of Revenge
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                          Gautam
                          Mar 2, 2016 at 7:06 am
                          अरे निठल्लो कुछ काम कर लो , इतने सारे बिल पेंडिंग पड़े है उनको पास कर लो ! सारे वेले नेता नेता बन गए है क्या?
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                            jagar
                            Mar 2, 2016 at 7:58 am
                            ED/IT waiting for your information.
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                              jagar
                              Mar 2, 2016 at 7:56 am
                              Tardy progress by ED/IT is criticism of Govt.Newspaper report can not become basis of discussion.Let ED/IT come with their findings.
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                                kamath Ramesh
                                Mar 2, 2016 at 9:25 am
                                Each and every leader of the party is involved in the large corruption cases. These are not just allegations but have been reported with facts. PC should answer how his son acquired so many property in major costly cities in the devp nations. From where he paid the money for these acquisitions. Congress is not just financially corrupt but even morally corrupt to prove terrorist an innocent and fix political opponents by undemocratic ways.
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                                  kumar
                                  Mar 2, 2016 at 5:00 am
                                  "Like father like son" - a very old wise saying.
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                                    kumar
                                    Mar 2, 2016 at 4:52 am
                                    Total Solar Eclipse on 09/03/2016. PC and Son experiencing the effects a week in advance.
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                                      kumar
                                      Mar 2, 2016 at 4:57 am
                                      Whoso ever is doing it the fact is that skeletens are tumbling out of the wardrobe
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                                        Milind Nerurkar
                                        Mar 1, 2016 at 9:06 am
                                        AIDMK is a party without issues, sychophancy is the name of the game. everybody knows the friendship between Amma and Namo. they disrupted the rajya sabha to protect smriti at the behast of BJP!
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                                          madan gupta
                                          Mar 2, 2016 at 11:03 pm
                                          ब्ब्प बेटे को जेल में बंद करकर छानबीन करो. यदि दोषी हैं तो सज़ा दो.
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                                            Madhu
                                            Mar 3, 2016 at 2:17 am
                                            All aspiring people to stand for the election is to loot the country. India is not for Indians only for corrupted politicians. Good job to become Bill Gates without any qualification and intelligence. Now these politicians are started putting their hands in the rich Hindu temples as well.
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