The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday registered a money laundering case against senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram’s son Karti and others for alleged irregularities in the grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to INX Media to get foreign direct investment.
INX Media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea have also been named in the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR).
The ECIR, ED’s equivalent of a police FIR, has been registered under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The charges include criminal conspiracy, cheating, taking gratification in order by corrupt or illegal means to influence public servant and criminal misconduct.
Karti Chidambaram is already facing a money laundering probe in the Aircel Maxis scam. Earlier on Tuesday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the residences of P. Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram in Chennai.
The Chidambarams have denied all charges against them.
“The government’s aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of Opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organizations. All I will say is, I shall continue to speak and write,” Chidambaram had said on Tuesday.
“Whatever I heard is only from the media is nothing of substance. All charges on me are completely bogus and I will stand vindicated one day,” Karti told the media on Friday.
In December 2015, a joint team of the ED and income tax department had raided Karti Chidambaram’s offices in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case.