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Centre rubbishes Chidambaram's allegations, says CBI only doing its duty

ANI  |  Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] 

Downplaying former minister P. Chidambaram's allegations of being silenced through the Central Bureau of Investigation, the (BJP) on Tuesday said the probe agency is only doing its duty of targeting and corruption.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar said the probe agencies tend to do investigation whenever they get leads of illegal money, and corruption.

"The agencies have been doing this since years. Wherever they get leads of illegal money, and major corruption, they tend to do this investigation. It is targeted against and corruption," Kumar said.

Another Union Minister said the Centre is only chasing corruption in order to eradicate it completely.

"The will not differentiate between opposition and ruling or anybody. It is only going for elimination of corruption," Dattatreya said.

Meanwhile, Karti Chidambaram was taken for questioning by the following raids at his residence.

An FIR has also been lodged against Karti and former INX Media director Peter Mukerjea's wife Indrani.

Also, Peter's Mumbai residence has also been raided by the

According to reports, the raids are being conducted in about 15 locations across the country.

The raids are to do with a particular deal which involved required permissions being given to a TV channel, and that the deal was linked to Indrani Mukherjee and her company INX Media. INX Media operated channels like NewsX, 9X and 9X Music.

It is alleged that while the clearance was only for Rs. 4 crore, the actual foreign investment was much higher, and this was allowed because Karti allegedly facilitated the deal. The is also investigating a money trail and the bribe allegedly given to Karti.

According to reports, on Sept 22, 2008, Karti's Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited (ASCPL) allegedly received Rs. 35 Lakhs from INX Media, on the same day another Rs.60 lakh was allegedly paid from INX Media to Northstar Software Solutions Pvt Ltd. On September 24, 2008, another tranche of 20,000 Dollars were allegedly paid to ASCPL's Singapore subsidiary by INX Media.

The involvement of P. Chidambaram is also being investigated, since he was a Union Minister then.

Earlier, On 17 April, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said it had issued notice to Vasan Health Care Pvt Ltd, its promoter Karti, and Advantage Strategic Consulting for violating foreign currency laws to the tune of Rs 2,307 crore.

Meanwhile, the 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. 14:48 IST