Congress terms ED raids as 'malicious vendetta' by PM Modi's Govt

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala

He has now been called by the agency on Tuesday, January 16.

Arun Natarajan, Counsel for Karti, told reporters that the searches were held in connection with the Aircel-maxis case. 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.

The law enforcement agency has alleged that Karti received money from Peter and Indrani Mukerjea owned INX media so as to avoid the tax probe against it. They were charged of criminal conspiracy, receiving illegal gratification, cheating, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct.

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The Chidambarams have denied all the charges made against them.

The ED had said it is investigating the circumstances of the said FIPB approval granted by the then finance minister, P Chidambaram.

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has issued an official statement following raids at his son Karti Chidambaram's premises at Delhi and Chennai.

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Clearly alleging that such raids are means by which the BJP government is trying to threat the Opposition so that further questions are not raised on the present governance, he said, "We again reiterate that Congress leaders will not be cowed down or bow in face of such malicious and willful attempts to browbeat, bulldoze or overawe".

The party said the Centre is using agencies like ED and CBI as captive puppets to settle political scores and intimidate political opponents.

Congress has accused central govt of vicious vendetta against the Congress party following ED raids on premises of Karti Chidambaram in Delhi and Chennai. According to initial reports, the raids were conducted in relation to the Aircel-Maxis case. Nothing was found, nothing was seized.

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ED sources said the raids were based on the FIR registered by the agency and the CBI in the case that has not been quashed by the court. "The ED has no jurisdiction to investigate under PMLA", Chidambaram said. It also found that the company promoted by Karti and P Chidambaram's nephew allegedly received two lakh dollars from Maxis Group in guise of software consultancy.

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