CID searches houses of Chidambaram, son in criminal probe

Dhaka,  Tue,  30 May 2017
Published : 16 May 2017, 17:34:56
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CID searches houses of Chidambaram, son in criminal probe

India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched the houses of former Indian finance minister P. Chidambaram and his son on Tuesday, in a probe into suspected criminal misconduct related to approvals of investment deals.

The raids marked an escalation in pressure by federal investigators against Chidambaram, a senior leader of the opposition Congress party who has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The CBI, India's main federal 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, reports Reuters.

The raids were "in connection with criminal misconduct" in granting approval for foreign investment deals, a CBI spokesman said without giving further details.

A police report obtained by Reuters that lays out the case named Karti Chidambaram as one of those accused of criminal conspiracy, cheating, seeking to influence a public servant and criminal misconduct.

P. Chidambaram denied wrongdoing. He said all investment approvals granted during his tenure were above board.

"The government, using the CBI and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends," he said in a statement.

"The government's aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing," said Chidambaram, who writes a weekly column for The Indian Express. "All I will say is, I shall continue to speak and write."

Chidambaram, 71, served twice as finance minister in the Congress-led coalition that ran India for a decade - from 2004-08 and then from 2012 until the party's election defeat at the hands of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in May 2014.

 
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