ED summons Karti to record statement


The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted raids at senior Congress leader P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram's premises in Delhi and Chennai. However, according to a leading daily, the raiding officials while speaking on searches being conducted at Karti Chidambaram's premises said that they are investigating the circumstances of the said FIPB approval granted by the then finance minister P Chidambaram.

Both Chidambaram and his son Karti are out of town. "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.

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A six-member team from the ED conducted search operations at Chidambaram's house on Haddows Road, Nungambakkam. And then in 2017, the money laundering case has been lodged by the ED against Karti along with two others. "The raid concluded at 10:45 am", Karti's lawyer Arun Natrajan told media in Chennai. "If the government or its agencies can tell we have these properties, we will execute decrees in their favour and the government can take their possession", Karti Chidambaram told a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. "We have been asked to appear before the directorate on 30 January". Karti Chidambaram is accused of facilitating bribes in the Aircel-Maxis transaction.

The ED had, in September, also had attached Rs 1.16 crore worth of assets of Karti, who is being probed for allegedly receiving kickbacks in lieu of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance in the Aircel Maxis deal when his father was the Union Finance Minister in the UPA government. In 2011, Aircel's former head, C Sivasankaran, complained to the CBI that he was being forced by the then Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran to sell Aircel to the Malaysia-based Maxis Communications group.

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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.

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