Chennai: Officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the residence of former union minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti in Chennai on Tuesday morning.
According to reports, the raid may be followed in his native place Karaikudi also.
The raids are happening at around 14 different locations in Chennai.
Every case processed acc to law&approval granted or refused accordance with FIPB recommendations consisting of 5 GOI Secretaries:Chidambaram— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2017
CBI raid at former union minister P Chidambaram's residence in Chennai pic.twitter.com/1oGxTjVDXF— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2017
Karti, who is facing money laundering charges in connection with the Aircel-Maxis deal, has been raided at his offices in the past as well.
PTI adds: The raids are also taking place at the Nungambakkam residence of Chidambaram in Chennai, a senior police official said. Unconfirmed reports said the raids were also on at Karaikudi, the hometown of Chidambaram.
The agency has yesterday registered a case regarding Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media, run by its directors Indrani Mukerjea and Peter Mukerjea, in 2007 which it is alleged that favours were given when P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister.
The agency has registered the case against INX Media through its director Indrani Mukerjea, Peter Mukerjea, Karti Chidambaram, Chess Management Services (a company of Karti), Advantage Strategic Consulting Limited through its Director Padma Vishwanathan.
It has levelled the charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and taking gratification by corrupt or illegal means, to influence public servant and criminal misconduct.
Asked about the raids, the former union minister said, "You should have called your CBI friends...Should I stop writing ? (against the government)."
"I mean...(this is) absolute nonsense," Chidambaram told PTI.
He also said there are no allegations against him.
Chidambaram, a staunch critic of the Narendra Modi-led BJP regime, has said in the past that his voice against the Centre cannot be silenced by launching cases against him or his son Karti, also a Congress leader.
Here's Chidambaram's statement:
Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram issues first statement, accuses central government of using CBI & agencies against his son pic.twitter.com/mNrBTEMWHU— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) May 16, 2017