The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Saturday conducted searches at the residences of Karti Chidambaram, son of Congress leader P Chidambaram, in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis case. Searches started at 7.30 am and lasted three hours on Karti’s premises in Delhi and his residence at Nungambakkam in Chennai city. Terming the searches targeting his son a “comedy of errors”, Chidambaram said the officials who searched his premises were embarrassed and apologetic as they could not find anything.
In his statement, Chidambaram said nothing was found in the searches, “the panchnamas speak for themselves”. “Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued notices to the ED in cases where the submission is that the ED has 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, 2018. 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 in his statement.
Reacting to the ED searches, senior Congress leader Karate Thiagarajan said it has become a routine ...