CBI raids P Chidambaram and son Karti’s residence,P Chidambaram lashes out

Chennai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday morning raided residence of senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti.

Chidambaram residence

CBI is conducting searches at locations in Mumbai, Delhi, Gurugram and at 14 places in Chennai including Chidambaram’s residence at Nungambakkam.

The searches are in connection with alleged criminal misconduct in grant of FIPB approval.

The agency raided at various location across country after the FIR pertaining to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) approvals in INX media was registered on Monday.

Meanwhile, KR Ramasamy, the Congress Legislative Party Leader in Tamil Nadu has accused BJP of behind the raids. “It is a case of political vendetta by BJP,” Mr Ramasamy said.​

Tom Vadakkan, a Congress party spokesman, said the raids were an attempt to malign Chidambaram’s reputation and that they had found no incriminating evidence.

“This is clearly a fishing expedition launched by the Modi government against Chidambaram,” Vadakkan told Reuters.

Chidambaram, a staunch critic of the Narendra Modi-led BJP regime, has said in the past that his voice against the Centre cannot be silenced by launching cases against him or his son Karti, also a Congress leader.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has already issued a show-cause notice to Karti Chidambaram and a firm purportedly linked to him for alleged violations of the FEMA laws to the tune of Rs 45 crore.

Earlier, Chidambaram had accused the Enforcement Directorate of making wild allegations against his son Karti in an alleged forex violation case.

Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday lashed out at the Modi government after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids at his and son Karti’s residence in Chennai.

“The government, using the CBI and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends,” said P Chidambaram in a statement.

Chidambaram also alleged that the government’s aim is to silence his voice and stop him from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of Opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organizations.

“All I will say is, I shall continue to speak and write,” he added.

Further stating that the FIPB approval is granted in hundreds of cases, Chidambaram said, “The five Secretaries who constitute the FIPB, the officials of the FIPB Secretariat and the competent authority in each case are the public officials. There is no allegation against any of them. There is no allegation against me.”

“Every case was processed according to law and approval was granted or refused in accordance with the recommendations of the FIBP consisting of five Secretaries to the Government of India,” the senior Congress leader added.

The raids are happening at around 14 different locations in Chennai and also in the national capital in connection with the criminal misconduct in grant of FIPB approval.

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