The CBI, India's main central crime-fighting agency, carried out searches at locations in the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Gurugram and Chennai, including the residence of Chidambaram's son Karti there. Earlier, the investigating agency had filed an FIR against Karti, Indrani and Peter Mukerjea on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, receiving illegal gratification, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct.
The source said the INX Media case is an "open and shut case".
The agency said that that recommendations for proposal of INX Media was approved by P Chidambaram, who had served as Union finance minister during the UPA regime. "All the people whose involvement has come forth will be examined in due course". "If somebody has done any wrong, it will come out in the investigation", the secretary said.
However, CBI Joint Director Vineet Vinayak said the investigation is still underway and some important evidences such as hard disks, mails and documents have been recovered. They took took help of Chess Management Services Private Ltd owned by Karti.
The CBI on Tuesday raided the residences of former Union Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram here in connection with the grant of FIPB approvals when he was the Finance Minister. Meanwhile, INX group in its record had listed Rs 10 lakh as payment to APSCL towards "Management consultancy charges towards FIPB notification and clarification".
Chidambaram served twice as finance minister and also as the home minister in the Congress-led coalition which was defeated by the BJP in 2014 after a decade in power.
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"Show-cause notice has been issued to M/s Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited, its directors and also to Karti P Chidambaram who appears to be the controller and ultimate beneficiary in these transactions", the ED said in its notice.
"I mean.(this is) absolute nonsense", Chidambaram told PTI adding he was not in Chennai.
Interestingly, the agency did not rule out investigating Chidambaram's role in the case as he was finance minister when the alleged irregularities took place. The allegations levelled by the CBI are based on the information given by "source", the FIR has claimed.
The CBI raids commenced at around 7 am at the houses of Chidambaram and Karti in Chennai's Nungambakkam locality and lasted till around 2.45 pm.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh too on Twitter also condemned the CBI raid and said that it is a political vendetta of the worst kind. The FIR does not mention the name of Chidambaram, though it states that he had cleared the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval for Rs 4.62 crore Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the FIPB meeting on May 18, 2007.
Vinayak said in February 2008, a complaint was received by the Income Tax department which was referred to FIPB.
In the national capital, tax department teams visited posh localities in New Friends Colony, Sainik Farms and few farmhouses in Bijwasan and south Delhi areas. However, according to the FIR, in the same meeting, the FIPB Board did not approve the downstream investment by INX Media in INX News.