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CBI raids: BJP trying to tarnish Chidambaram's reputation, says Congress

ANI  |  Chennai (Tamil Nadu) 

Branding P. Chidambaram as an 'emerging leader', the on Tuesday alleged that the (BJP) is trying to tarnish the former union minister's reputation because he is voicing against the Modi-led

The statement comes in the wake of the raids underway at former union minister Chidambaram's residence in Chennai, which is in connection with alleged favours granted in FIPB clearance to a firm.

Speaking to the media here state leader Karate R. Thiagarajan said, "This is a politically motivated raid. Chidambaram is an emerging leader. He can be the chief minister of the state. They are trying to damage his reputation. He is the one who is raising voice against in "

Echoing similar views, Tamil Nadu spokesperson Peter Alphonse asserted that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raid is yet another agenda in play by the

"is using and to tarnish the image of leaders. Chidabaram is the most respected finance minister. He has presented more than ten budgets," Alphonse told media.

With the Chidambaram residence being raided today in connection with the FIPB approval in several cases, the senior Congress leader lashed out at the Centre, accusing it of using agencies to target his son.

"FIPB approval is granted in hundreds of cases. The five Secretaries who constitute the FIPB, the officials of the FIPB Secretariat and the competent authority in each case are the public officials. There is no allegation against any of them. There is no allegation against me," he said in a statement.

Asserting that every case was processed according to law, Chidambaram added that the approval was granted or refused in accordance with the recommendations of the FIBP consisting of five Secretaries to the of India.

"The government, using the and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends. 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," the senior Congress leader added.

Meanwhile, the CBI is expected to raid Chidambaram's native place in Karaikudi also.

The raids are happening at around 14 different locations in and also in the capital in connection with the criminal misconduct in grant of FIPB approval.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 14:42 IST