INX Media case: ED searches Karti’s premises in Delhi, Chennai; P Chidambaram says they found nothing

The agency had on Thursday issued fresh summons to senior Congress leader P Chidambaram's son for January 16 after he skipped his appearance before it in connection with the money laundering case.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 13, 2018 2:54 pm
INX Media case: ED searches Karti Chidambaram's premises in Delhi, Chennai Senior Congress leader P Chidaramabram’s son Karti Chidambaram (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey )

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted searches at Karti Chidambaram’s premises in New Delhi and Chennai in connection with the INX Media money laundering case. The agency had on Thursday issued fresh summons to senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s son for January 16 after he skipped his appearance before it in connection with the money laundering case. In May last year, the ED had registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Karti and others.

The Chidambarams have, however, denied all the charges made against them.

Meanwhile, P Chidamabaram told ANI today: “There is no FIR concerning a scheduled crime by CBI or any agency. I anticipated they’ll search premises in Chennai again but in a comedy of errors they came to Jor Bagh (in Delhi) & officers told me that they thought Karti is an occupant of this house but he is not.”

“They (ED officials) searched & found nothing but since they had to justify themselves they took papers of a statement made by govt in the Parliament, few years back. The ED has no jurisdiction to investigate under PMLA,” ANI quoted Chidambaram as saying.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala today said he wasn’t surprised by the malicious vendetta being unleashed against senior Congress leaders including P Chidambaram and his son. In a statement to ANI, Surjewala said: “Everyday PM Modi and his government use ED and CBI as captive puppets to seek revenge from the opposition.”

The INX Media money laundering case pertains to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted in 2006 by the then finance minister P Chidambaram.

It had lodged an Enforcement Case Information Report against the accused named in the CBI complaint which included Karti, INX media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, among others. The agency has alleged that Karti Chidambaram received money from INX Media for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) conditions to receive investment from Mauritius. The CBI has said it has also recovered vouchers of Rs 10 lakh which were allegedly paid for the services. They were charged of criminal conspiracy, receiving illegal gratification, cheating, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct. Also Read: Karti Chidambaram gets fresh ED summons in money laundering case

These vouchers were issued in favour of Advantage Strategic Consulting (P) Limited, a firm “indirectly” owned by Karti Chidambaram, the CBI had alleged. Former finance minister P Chidambaram, after the CBI searches on May 16, had issued a strong statement in response to the raids, saying the government was using the CBI and other agencies to target his son. The FIPB approval was granted in “hundreds of cases”, the senior Congress leader had said.

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  1. Prakash Tripathi
    Jan 13, 2018 at 7:31 pm
    Chidambaram shouldn't cry when the shoe is on other foot. He was misusing agencies against his opponents while in power more brazenly than he claims his adveraries are using now. Let the law work and Karti prove his innocent through due process.
    1. V Rao Dasari
      Jan 13, 2018 at 5:24 pm
      An Advocate can cleverly avoid any legal action by Government as he himself was Minister for long time taking exceptions in the laws. He must have scrupulously followed ways and means to avoid any searches by IT or ED for the monies received by his son. He and his wife are known Advocates and unless face polygraph test, real truth may not come out.
      1. Krantikari Bharat
        Jan 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm
        All the TN politicians are highly corrupt, don't blame only this duo. Awaiting Rajani to give corruption free TN.
        1. bhuvan mittal
          Jan 13, 2018 at 1:21 pm
          1. R Balasubramanian
            Jan 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm
            Karthi is clear case of cheating most of the people in TN know father and son are corrupt, of course son exceeds father by leaps and bounds. PC always diverts attention and make mockery of the process by making un truth and diversionary statements, it is better ED arrests both and enquire through lie detectors. PC knew this is coming and therefore went to his mentor dynastry, He uses suprecourt judges, uses dynasty and all means to scuttel the case, PC you can never excape from God,
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