Chennai (Tamil Nadu): Congress leader and former finance minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials found nothing during the raid at his residence, therefore, took away a few documents to justify themselves.
“They (ED officials) searched and found nothing but since they had to justify themselves they took papers of a statement made by the government in the Parliament, a few years back. The ED has no jurisdiction to investigate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA),” Chidambaram told the media here.
He also said that there is no FIR concerning a scheduled crime by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or any Police agency.
Chidambaram also said he had yesterday itself anticipated that as the notices were issued by the SC, “the ED has to conduct some drama in order to cover up some track and hence will conduct searches in Chennai.”
Earlier in the day, The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted a raid at former union minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram’s homes in Delhi and Chennai in the Aircel-Maxis case.
In October last year, during investigation ED found that Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval given by P. Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case was beyond his mandate.
It also found that the company promoted by Karti and P Chidambaram’s nephew allegedly received two lakh dollars from Maxis Group in the guise of software consultancy.
In 2011, former Aircel head C. Sivasankaran complained to the CBI that he was being forced by then telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran to sell Aircel to the Malaysia-based Maxis Communications group owned by T. Ananda Krishnan.