Aged Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday termed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids in opposition to his son Karti Chidambaram “a comedy of errors” and claimed the officers indulge in been left “embarrassed” and “apologetic” as they would possibly additionally no longer derive the rest.
He became once reacting after the ED performed searches at multiple premises linked to Mr. Karti, the senior Congress leader’s son, in reference to its cash laundering probe within the Aircel-Maxis case.
“They’ve searched premises in Chennai again, nonetheless in a comedy of errors they came to search my premises in Jor Bagh,” Mr. Chidambaram acknowledged.
“Officers instructed me that they believed that Karti became once an occupant of the dwelling. I instructed them he is a resident of Chennai and I’m the occupant of this dwelling,” he added.
“Since they had the hunt warrant, I didn’t elevate any objections to the hunt, nonetheless I acknowledged I will legend my narrate that there’s no longer any FIR in recognize of the scheduled crime registered by any investigating company, together with the CBI.
“There are obviously no proceeds of crime and the ED has no jurisdiction beneath the Prevention of Money Laundering Act [PMLA],” he added.
The broken-down Finance Minister acknowledged that the ED officers searched the self-discipline “together with the kitchen and the bathroom and clearly they stumbled on nothing. They indulge in been embarrassed and apologetic that they stumbled on me as the occupant, nonetheless they had no possibility nonetheless to total the hunt.”
“Since they had to justify the hunt, they took some background papers connected to an announcement made by the authorities in Parliament in 2012-thirteen. In Chennai additionally they stumbled on nothing, seized nothing,” he acknowledged.
Mr. Chidambaram additionally made a tongue-in-cheek comment, pronouncing, “I will praise them [investigating agencies] within the event that they are ready to derive the rest [objectionable] in raids in future.”
The Central probe company had, on December 1, 2017, performed identical searches on the premises of a relative of Mr. Karti and others on this case.
The ED case pertains to the Distant places Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted in 2006 by Mr. Chidambaram, the then Finance Minister.