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ED found nothing, so took few documents to justify themselves: Chidambaram

ANI  |  Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] 

and former on Saturday said that the (ED) officials found nothing during the raid at his son's Karti Chidambaram's residence, therefore, took away a few documents to justify themselves.

Chidambaram said the ED has "no jurisdiction" to conduct such searches under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

"They (ED officials) searched and found nothing but since they had to justify themselves they took papers of a statement made by the in the Parliament, a few years back. The ED has no jurisdiction to investigate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)," Chidambaram told the media here.

He also said that there is no FIR concerning a scheduled crime by the (CBI) or any Police agency.

"Yesterday, the issued notice on the cases filed by my son These cases have been filed sometime ago, notices were issued yesterday and the respondents were asked to file their reply if they wish to and the cases posted for hearing on January 30. The main ground in the case is that there is no FIR in respect of a scheduled crime registered by any police agency including the CBI," said Chidambaram.

Chidambaram also said he had yesterday itself anticipated that as the notices were issued by the SC, "the ED has to conduct some drama in order to cover up some track and hence will conduct searches in "

Speaking about the raid at Delhi's Jor Bagh, Chidambaram said, "In the comedy of errors they (ED) came to search the premises in Delhi's Jor Bagh and offices and told me they believed that was the occupant of the house I told them otherwise."

Earlier in the day, The (ED) conducted a raid at former union P. Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram's homes in and in the Aircel-Maxis case.

According to sources, the ED officials reached there at 7.30 a.m. There were about five officials at their residence.

In October last year, during investigation ED found that (FIPB) approval given by in Aircel-Maxis case was beyond his mandate.

The law enforcement agency, in its investigation, also found that the amount of FIPB approval was wrongly projected to conceal the facts.

It also found that the company promoted by Karti and P Chidambaram's nephew allegedly received two lakh dollars from in the guise of

The Aircel-Maxis deal refers to a series of allegations of kickbacks in the telecom sector, which was part of the wider 2G scam that engulfed the UPA regime.

In 2011, former head complained to the that he was being forced by then telecom to sell to the Malaysia-based owned by T. Ananda Krishnan.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 13:30 IST