Not just INX, ED sends summons to many firms that dealt with Karti Chidambaram-tied companies

One company official who received the summons told The Indian Express that the company has already appeared before the ED but has been unable to give details of what services these two firms — ASCPL and Chess — offered.

Written by Ritu Sarin | New Delhi | Updated: May 17, 2017 9:57 am
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INX Media is one of at least 20 firms which are under the scanner for transactions with Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited (ASCPL) and Chess Management Services, two firms linked to Karti Chidambaram.

After searches by the Enforcement Directorate in December 2015, summons under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) were sent to Essar Steel Limited; VST Tillers Tractors; Diageo Scotland Limited; and the Katra Group. These related to payments they had allegedly made to the two firms, in many cases, at the time of their FIPB applications or clearances.

Read | CBI raids Chidambaram and son Karti in financial irregularities case: All that happened

These two firms sent invoices for “professional services,” or “consultancy work.” One company official who received the summons told The Indian Express that the company has already appeared before the ED but has been unable to give details of what services these two firms — ASCPL and Chess — offered.

Read | CBI raids Karti Chidambaram, alleges he got father’s ministry to clear FDI for INX media

ED officials said that they also have testimony of a Director of ASCPL that they received instructions on which companies to send the invoices to and admitted that hardly or no professional services were rendered.

Officials also said that now that an FIR has been filed in the INX case, they can push ahead on the remaining Karti Chidambaram-linked cases.

Read | Govt trying to silence my voice, will still speak, write: P Chidambaram

Copies of the PMLA summons sent by the ED to the companies show that besides details of bank accounts and annual returns, the ED has sought details of all FDI/ECB/GDRs (if any) received by the company between 2005 to 2008.

It also asked for the following: details of the consultancy received by the company during 2005 to 2008 including the name of the company/persons from whom consultancy was taken; details of payments made; copy of instruments used for payment; consultancy agreement.

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    kulaputra kulaputra
    May 18, 2017 at 6:37 am
    Question is whether a fraud did occur ; motivation for inquiry being political vendetta is irrelevant. Just answers questions, go to jail if fraud, enjoy life if not.
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      jasbir singh
      May 18, 2017 at 5:59 am
      phus a ray chiddu. serves you right for forcing rented property owners to pay service tax on behalf of tenant, and then providing no machinery to owner to claim from tenant. lawyers are biggest service providers in india and biggest black money generators. why they are not under service tax? just because they belong to yours and jaitlys breed? shame on you and modi has done well to you
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        Changez Khan
        May 17, 2017 at 4:03 pm
        I like him, i will vote for u modi, modiji
        1. V
          May 17, 2017 at 3:52 pm
          Really appreciate the officers professionalism. It shows given free hand they can do a fine job. Can't understand those asking for report on all other cases.. do they mean that in order to take action on Child's backdoor dea s, every other case be solved...? Have a nice lungi dance...
          1. B
            May 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm
            The first round of arrests under the Benami Act have already taken place, and it involves BJP members who are behind bars now. Karthi or his slimy dad, who know how to cheat will be lodged in Tihar soon. Karthi's son has 'holdings' in many companies, forced into place by his Dad, whenever he sensed an opportunity to make some money, using government position. No way any of these crooks should get away.
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              Hilary Pais
              May 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm
              Charges are clear and specific. Bribes were taken by Karti firms for FIPB clearances by 'father dear father'. Thanks to Subhramaniam Swamy for pursuing these cases even as the CBI and ED were on the go slow mode.
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                Damodar Biswal
                May 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm
                If junior Chidambaram has done nothing wrong,he should sit tight n cooperate with the investigators.The raid relates to corruption n one should not call it political vendetta.
                1. I
                  May 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm
                  In the end the CBI and ED are all smoke and gas. Nothing will come of the charges. Or they will get their man a slap on the wrist for the equivalent of a parking ticket. Maxis is owned by the Malaysian Indian billionaire, Ananda Krishnan. Do you think he doesn't know how business is conducted in India? BTW what happened to inquiry on the Gujarat massacres? Or the the multi-billion crore scam off the gasfields of Gujarat. Nothing to see I suppose since it involves the Gujju mafia.
                  1. B
                    May 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm
                    The Gujarat case was over a long time ago, when many like you were sleeping perhaps. The government doing its job is not mafia. The government NOT doing its job is the work of mafia, like the clowns you are supporting.
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