ED raids 'comedy of errors', officials left embarrassed, says P Chidambaram
ED raids âcomedy of errorsâ, officials left embarrassed, says P Chidambaram
Enforcement Directorate officials conducted raids at Karti Chidambaramâs properties in their probe into the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.india Updated: Jan 13, 2018 17:02 IST Agencies, New Delhi P Chidambaram arrives to address the media at his residence after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at his son Karti Chidam abaram's properties, at Jor Bagh in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said that âin a comedy of errorsâ, the Enforcement Directorate searched his residence in Delhi in connection with a case against his son Karti but found ânothingâ in the search, done to âcover up their tracksâ. He said the ED officers were left âembarrassedâ and âapologeticâ as they could not find anything.
The ED conducted searches at multiple premises linked to Karti Chidambaram, the Congress leaderâs son, in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis case.
Chidambaram claimed the CBI and the ED had searched Kartiâs residence in Chennai thrice so far but had found nothing there.
âThey have searched premises in Chennai again but in a comedy of errors they came to search my premises in Jorbagh. Officers told me that they believed that Karti was an occupant of the house. I told them he is a resident of Chennai and I am the occupant of this house,â Chidambaram told reporters.
âSince they had the search warrant, I did not raise any objections to the search but I said I will record my protest that there is no FIR in respect of the scheduled crime registered by any investigating agency, including the CBI.â
The former Union finance minister said the Supreme Court had issued notices to the ED in cases filed by Karti on the ground that the agency had no jurisdiction over offences under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
âThere are obviously no proceeds of crime and the ED has no jurisdiction under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA),â he added.
He said that on Friday after the case was heard in the Supreme Court, he had anticipated that in view of the notices issued, the ED may âdo some drama to cover up their tracksâ.
He said the ED officials searched the place âincluding the kitchen and the ba throom and obviously they found nothing. They were embarrassed and apologetic that they found me as the occupant but they had no option but to complete the searchâ.
âSince they had to justify the search, they took some background papers related to a statement made by the government in Parliament in 2012-13. In Chennai also, they found nothing, seized nothing,â he claimed.
âIn Chennai also, they produced a statement after their searches. Three times so far, the CBI and the ED have raided his (Kartiâs) residence. They found nothing, they seized nothing. I can only compliment them.
âThe officers were polite. But they were quite embarrassed and they were apologeticâ.
The Congress leader also made a tongue-in-cheek remark, saying: âI will compliment them (investigating agencies) if they are able to find anything (objectionable) in raids in futureâ.
The central probe agency had, on December 1 last year, conducted similar searches on the prem ises of a relative of Karti and others in this case.
The ED case pertains to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted in 2006 by P Chidambaram, the then finance minister.Source: Google News