Comedy of errors, says P Chidambaram on ED search


The Congress Party on Saturday criticised the raids and accused the central government of "vicious vendetta being unleashed against Opposition leaders".

In his statement, Chidambaram said nothing was found in the searches, "the panchnamas speak for themselves".

He has been asked to appear by the agency on January 16 in this case.

The statement added: "Yesterday (Friday), the Supreme Court issued notices to the ED in cases where the submission is that the ED has no jurisdiction to conduct any investigation in the so-called Aircel-Maxis case".

During the filing of the report, the raid was on-going.

The ED had, in May previous year, registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Karti and others.

Both Chidambaram and his son Karti are out of town.

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.

The Chidambarams have denied all the charges made against them.

Reiterating Chidambaram's claims of Enforcement Directorate being misused by the ruling Government, he said, "Stark truth is that Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and his government are using agencies like ED/CBI as captive puppets to settle political scores and intimidate political opponents".

The FIPB approval was granted in "hundreds of cases", the senior Congress leader had said.

Following which, addressing the media, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said that in a comedy of errors, the ED assumed that the Delhi residence belongs to Karti. Karti is the son of former Finance Minister and top Congress leader P. Chidambaram and is facing a probe for his alleged role in facilitating the FIPB's clearance during his father's tenure.

As per sources, Chidambaram was present at the Delhi residence when the raids were conducted there. Nothing was found, nothing was seized.

The raids were being conducted at one location in Delhi and four in Chennai. The investigative agency is looking into "the circumstances" in which P Chidambaram, in his capacity as the finance minister then, had granted the Foreign Investment Promotion Board approvals.