He said that the ED found nothing in its searches at his residence in Delhi as well as his family's residence in Chennai.

Government misusing ED says Chidambaram after raids at Kartis houseImage: PTI
news Politics Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 08:18

As the Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided his and his son's residences, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday accused the government of misusing the probe agency and asserted that he would not bend or break and would "continue to speak and write".

He said that the ED found nothing in its searches at his residence in Delhi as well as his family's residence in Chennai. 

"The panchnamas (seizure notes) speak for themselves," the former union minister said in a statement.

He said the Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the ED in cases where the submission is that the probe agency had no jurisdiction to conduct any investigation in the so-called Aircel-Maxis case. The ED was asked to file its reply and the cases were adjourned to January 30.

"There is no FIR against me or my son in the Aircel-Maxis case. There is no predicate scheduled offence. Hence the ED has no jurisdiction. Yet the ED, at the instance of the government, continues to misuse its powers. I belong to the opposition party. Let the government misuse the ED. I shall neither bend nor break and I shall continue to speak and write," Chidambaram said.

The ED had registered a money laundering case against the former Finance Minister's son in May 2017.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which separately probing how INX Media got a clearance from Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). The CBI FIR also names INX Media directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea -- both accused in the Sheena Bora murder case.

Karti is facing a probe for his alleged role in facilitating the FIPB's clearance for INX Media when his father was the Union Finance Minister.

Karti is alleged to have received Rs 3.5 crore from Mumbai-based INX media, now 9X Media, for helping it get the FIPB clearance when it was run by the Mukerjeas.

 

IANS inputs

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