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INX Media case: ED raids Karti Chidambaram's properties in Delhi, Chennai

INX Media case: ED raids Karti Chidambaram's properties in Delhi, Chennai

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted searches at Karti Chidambaram's premises in New Delhi and Chennai in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.

Congress leader P Chidambaram today termed the ED raids against his son "a comedy of errors" and claimed the officers were left "embarrassed" and "apologetic" as they could not find anything.

Speaking about the raid at Delhi's Jor Bagh, Chidambaram said, "In the comedy of errors they (ED) came to search the premises in Delhi's Jor Bagh and offices and told me they believed that Karti Chidambaram was the occupant of the house I told them otherwise". The CBI FIR also names INX Media directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea - both accused in the Sheena Bora murder case.

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to ED and CBI questioning the grounds on which the agencies were probing the Chidambarams since there is no FIR filed against them.

The former finance minister said that the ED officials searched the place "including the kitchen and the bathroom and obviously they found nothing". The agency had raided properties of Karti's close aides in Chennai and Kolkata on December 1. No incriminating document was recovered or seized from Chennai residence of Karti Chidambaram by ED.

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P Chidambaram further added: "There is no FIR concerning a scheduled crime by CBI or any agency".

Chidambaram said the ED has "no jurisdiction" to conduct such searches under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). "We have been asked to appear before the directorate on 30 January".

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.

The ED also alleged that Karti has "disposed of" a property in Gurgaon, which he had allegedly rented out to a multinational company "to whom foreign direct investment (FDI) approval had been granted in 2013".


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