Following the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) raids on the premises of his son Karti Chidambaram, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram questioned the jurisdiction of the agency to investigate a matter related to Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2000.
Talking about the ED raids, Karti's lawyer said nothing was found and nothing was seized from Delhi and Chennai homes of Karti.
The ED also claimed that Karti has "disposed" of a property in Gurgaon, which he had already rented out to a multinational company "to which foreign direct investment (FDI) approval had been granted in 2013". "The main ground in the case is that there is no FIR in respect of a scheduled crime registered by any police agency including the CBI", said Chidambaram.
The former finance minister said that the ED officials searched the place "including the kitchen and the bathroom and obviously they found nothing".
ED had provided information about the alleged illegal payments made by INX Media and consequentially Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered FIR. "The raid concluded at 10:45 am", Karti's lawyer Arun Natrajan told media in Chennai. The latest raids were conducted in connection with Aircel-Maxis Case. These cases have been filed sometime ago, notices were issued yesterday and the respondents were asked to file their reply if they wish to and the cases posted for hearing on January 30.
In 2011, former Aircel head C Sivasankaran complained to the CBI that he was being forced by then telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran to sell Aircel to the Malaysia-based Maxis Communications group owned by T Ananda Krishnan.
It charged that Karti had "also closed certain bank accounts and attempted to close other bank accounts in order to frustrate the process of attachment" under the PMLA.
It was alleged that Karti received Rs 3.5 crore for assisting INX media in getting FIPB approval.