Chidambaram calls govt ‘foolish’ as ED raids firms ‘linked to son’
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said he wanted to “see how far a foolish government will go in harassing Karti (Chidambaram)” hours after the Enforcement Directorate conducted raids on firms allegedly linked to his son.india Updated: Dec 16, 2015 18:53 IST
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said he wanted to “see how far a foolish government will go in harassing Karti (Chidambaram)” hours after the Enforcement Directorate conducted raids on firms allegedly linked to his son.
Karti Chidambaram said neither he nor his family members were shareholders in any of the firms.
The former finance minister said nothing was found in the “fishing and roving enquiry”. “I still believe that the departments I left behind have many officers who will act according to law and their conscience,” he said.
Karti Chidambaram said some officers of the investigating agencies visited his office on Wednesday.
“I was informed that they are investigating three firms of which two belong to my friends. They are owned by professionals and managed by Competent Board of Directors. I am not aware of the third firm,” he said.
“I made it clear to the officers what I had publicly stated earlier. Neither I nor any member of my family is a shareholder or director of any of the said firms. We do not have any economic interest in the said firms.”
He said that as the allegations of his connection with the firms was “false” and that “relating to the said firms” was found in his office. He said there was no “basis for them to have visited by office or to make any enquiries in my office”.
P Chidambaram had earlier said there was no wrongdoing in the said firms.
“I don’t know what they (ED) did. They searched two firms and they leaked out to the media that these firms were linked to my son. I flatly denied it and I was furious. That evening, they put out a statement saying that no politician or any member of his family is a shareholder or a director in these two firms. The matter has ended there,” Chidambram told ANI in an interview.
He said the government must target him directly, if they wished to do so, adding it should not “harass friends of my son who carry on their own businesses and have nothing to do with politics”.
According to P Chidambaram, the government agenda is being implemented by an ED officer who has a pending dispute with the department of revenue in the finance ministry.
With inputs from agencies