Chidambaram, Karti residences raided by ED, CBI

ED raids Karti Chidambaram’s premises in Delhi Chennai

ED raids Karti Chidambaram’s premises in Delhi Chennai

The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday began raids at Karti Chidambaram's premises in Delhi and Chennai over the Aircel-Maxis case, according to media reports.

He has been asked to appear by the agency on January 16 in this case.

Chidambaram arrives to address a news conference after the ED raids at his Delhi residence.

It was the ED which had provided information about the alleged illegal payments made by INX Media, based on which the Central Bureau of Investigation had filed its FIR.

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Last year, in May, a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act was registered against Karti and others by the ED. Nothing was recovered from Karti's house during the raid.

ED sources, however, emphasised that the searches were linked specifically to the ongoing probe into Karti's role in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

"They raided three times my Chennai home and got nothing", he said without taking any questions from media.

The former minister said he anticipated his house in Chennai will be searched again, "but in a comedy of errors they came to Jor Bagh (in Delhi) and officers told me that they thought Karti is an occupant of this house, but he is not".

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The payments were allegedly received close to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted by his father, who was then the finance minister.

The former Union minister said the raids were a reaction to the notices sent out by the Supreme Court, which heard his son's appeal on Friday.

Chidambaram also said he would record his protests that there was no FIR in respect of the scheduled crime registered by any investigating agency including the CBI. Officials are looking into how telecom firm Aircel was sold to a Malaysian communication giant Maxis.

Following the FIPB clearance, the INX Media said it had received foreign direct investment (FDI) of Rs4.62 crore, but actually received Rs305.36 crore between August 2007 and May 2008, the ED said. The law enforcement agency, in its investigation, also found that the amount for FIPB approval was wrongly projected to hide the facts.

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Later, Subramanian Swamy alleged that in 2006, a company controlled by Karti received a 5 per cent kickback as a part of Rs 5,000 crore paid by Maxis for a 74 per cent stake in Aircel.

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