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ED raids Karti's houses, Chidambaram calls it 'comedy of errors'

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The on Saturday searched the houses of former Union and his son in and in connection with a money laundering case with the senior saying he had anticipated the probe agency would "do some drama to cover up their tracks".

The raids were conducted at one location in and four in Chennai, an said.

The agency on Thursday issued fresh summons to in the money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in getting foreign investment for in 2007. The ED had registered the case against the former Finance Minister's son in May 2017.

Chidambaram said the raids were a reaction to the notices sent out by the that heard Karti's appeal on Friday. The 46-year-old had questioned the cases filed against him by the probe agencies, including the CBI.

The former said he had anticipated his house in will be searched again. "But in a comedy of errors they came to search the premises in Jor Bagh (in Delhi) and officers told me that they believed is an occupant of this house but he is not. He lives in

"I told them he is a resident of Chennai and I am the occupant of this house. In Chennai also they recovered nothing. In fact in the Chennai premises, they have conducted raids three times so far," Chidambaram told reporters in

The former said the had issued notices to the ED in the cases filed by Karti on the ground that the agency had no jurisdiction over offences under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

He said he had no objection to their conducting searches because they had warrants but questioned the ED's jurisdiction in the matter.

"The main ground in the cases is that there is no FIR in respect of a scheduled crime registered by any police agency, including the CBI or any other investigating agency. In the absence of a scheduled crime and there are no proceeds of the crime, the ED has no jurisdiction under PMLA.

"The ED has no jurisdiction to investigate (the case) under the PMLA. I recorded that. Obviously they found nothing. They searched bedroom, kitchen. They found nothing. Since they have to justify, they came here.

"They took away papers related to a statement made by the government in 2012-13 in the case and the background papers related to the case. They took away 13 loose sheets of paper. I have recorded that. They are photocopies of the statement made in parliament.

He said the ED officers who searched his house "were polite" and "were quite embarrassed and apologetic" as they found that Karti was not an occupant of the Delhi house.

Chidambaram said since the ED officials had the he did not raise any objections to the search.

The ED had in December conducted similar searches on the premises of a relative of Karti and others in this case.

Karti is facing a probe for his alleged role in facilitating the FIPB's clearance for Mumbai-based when his father was the Union

He is alleged to have received Rs 3.5 crore from INX media, now 9X Media, for helping it get the FIPB clearance.



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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 17:10 IST