Tuesday was a day full of stress for P. Chidambaram of Congress and Lalu Prasad Yadav of RJD as the Law Enforcement Agencies raided their residence & other properties. The raid was based on the doubts of alleged corruption and many became properties.
The opposition, however, condemned the raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation & Income Tax Department as a Political Conspiracy. Even Congress Party quoted that this is the core strategy of the ruling party to play the revenge and this is what runs in the DNA of the Government.
However, NDA came up with a solid reply stating that Tuesday was a day of accountability for the “corrupt”. It was Finance Minister Arun Jaitely who stood in support of the searches and stated that it was “day of reckoning” has come for many and they will be held accountable for their misdeeds.
The Income Tax department searched the house and other properties owned by Karti Chidambaram, son of P. Chidambaram, former Finance Minister of India. The search was a report that stated that Karti received some money from a leading media firm, INX, jointly owned by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, to manipulate a tax probe.
In another probe, the Income Tax Department raided and surveyed over 22 locations in Delhi and surrounding areas in connection to became property worth Rs. 1000 crore that is allegedly linked with Lalu Prasad Yadav & some of his family members. Lalu Prasad Yadav is the National Chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal, which is a partner of the ruling alliance along with JD(U) and the Congress.
The CBI official took over the property of Chidambaram in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Gurugram early Tuesday morning. It was after the agency filed a FIR against Karti, his company Chess Management Services, Indrani & Peter Mukherjea (presently in jail in case of the conspired murder of their daughter), INX Media, Advantage Strategic Consulting Services and its director Padma Vishwanathan.
The FIR includes the charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, receiving illegal gratification, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct. Along with the searches run in Chidambaram’s home in Nungambakkam in Chennai, CBI also raided the house of Peter Mukerjea, a former media baron, in Mumbai.
The FIR alleges that Karti took some money from the Mukherjea’s who own INX Media, in a case of a tax probe. Karti used his influence to manipulate the tax case of a violation of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) conditions to receive investment from Mauritius.
P Chidambaram was clear and straight in his statement on the searches and said that the CBI was targeting his son deliberately to silence his voice. He added that the FIPB has given approvals in many other cases and no action was taken then.
“The government, using the CBI 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,” Chidambaram said.
The FIPB is constituted of five secretaries and is public officials, said Chidambaram adding the fact that there was no probe against them. “There is no allegation against me,” he added.
Even Karti was firm that he has not done anything wrong and all this ruckus is a political conspiracy against him. “They have not seized any documents and cannot prove any charges against me. I have not done anything wrong,” Karti told the press in Chennai.
In another probe, IT officials raided many real estate agents in New Friends Colony, Sainik Farms and few farmhouses in Bijwasan and south Delhi areas in connection with Benami properties linked to Lalu Yadav.
Despite all this, Lalu had a strong face and he addressed the media in his own style.
PoliticsPTIMay, 16 2017 21:05:38 IST
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New Delhi: Law enforcement agencies on Tuesday raided the residences and properties of two top opposition leaders P Chidambaram of the Congress and Lalu Prasad of the RJD as well as businessmen in a multi-city crackdown on alleged corruption and benami properties.
The searches by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax (I-T) department were condemned by the opposition as “political vendetta” by the Centre with the Congress saying it will not be cowed down by the politics of “revenge” which was the “DNA of the government.”
But the NDA government hit back, saying Tuesday was the day of accountability for the “corrupt.” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stoutly defended the searches, asserting that the “day of reckoning” has come for many and they will be held accountable for their misdeeds.
The CBI searched the homes and offices of Karti Chidambaram, son of P Chidambaram, a former finance minister, across four cities including Chennai for allegedly receiving money from a media firm INX owned by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea to allegedly manipulate a tax probe.
File image of P Chidambaram. AFP
Separately, the Income Tax department conducted raids and surveys in at least 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with alleged Benami deals stated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore linked to Lalu Prasad, who is the chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal, and some of his family members. RJD is a partner of the ruling alliance in Bihar that also comprised the JD(U) and the Congress.
CBI sleuths fanned out across the Chidambaram’s’ properties in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Gurugram early in the morning, a day after the agency filed a FIR against Karti, his company Chess Management Services, the Mukherjee’s (currently in jail on charges of murdering their daughter Sheena Bora), INX Media, Advantage Strategic Consulting Services and its director Padma Vishwanathan.
The FIR related to charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, receiving illegal gratification, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct. The CBI, which searched Chidambaram’s home in Nungambakkam in Chennai, also carried out searches at the house of Peter Mukerjea, a former media baron, in Mumbai, sources said.
It is alleged that Karti received money from INX Media, which was promoted by the Mukherjee, for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) conditions to receive investment from Mauritius.
P Chidambaram came out with a strong statement in response to the searches, saying the government was using the CBI and other agencies to target his son to silence his voice. The FIPB approval was granted in “hundreds of cases”, the senior Congress leader said.
“The government, using the CBI 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,” he said. But he would continue to speak and write, he declared.
The five secretaries who constitute the FIPB, the officials of the FIPB secretariat and the competent authority in each case are public officials, Chidambaram said, adding that there was no allegation against any of them. “There is no allegation against me,” he added.
Karti said he has not done anything wrong and alleged a political vendetta behind the CBI raids against him in connection with the INX Media case. “They have not seized any documents and cannot prove any charges against me. I have not done anything wrong,” Karti told reporters in Chennai.
The Congress for its part said that none of its leaders or that of the opposition would be cowed down by the politics of “revenge and vendetta” which had “become the DNA of this BJP government”.
The party accused the BJP of being blinded by revenge to target its opponents and said that it would continue to expose the saffron party before the people. “The truth is that revenge has become the DNA of the BJP government. We want to reiterate that neither P Chidambaram nor any Congress leader or any other leader of the opposition, would be deterred or cowed down by fear of the politics of revenge and vendetta,” the AICC in-charge of communications, Randeep Surjewala said. West Bengal chief minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee also accused the Centre of unleashing political vendetta.
Union Minister and BJP leader Piyush Goyal rejected Chidambaram’s charge that he was being targeted for his columns critical of the government and claimed that the issue was why beneficiaries of the FIPB gave “money to the firms owned by his son”.
The former union finance minister’s columns “did not exactly set the Yamuna on fire”, Goyal told reporters and took a dig at Chidambaram, saying that he will be accountable for his “son stroke.”
Rejecting allegations of political vendetta leveled by Prasad and Chidambaram, Goyal claimed that the BJP government never comes in the way of law and that investigation agencies work independently.
IT officials said the department began raiding the premises of some prominent businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari and few others since early morning in connection with alleged Benami deals linked to Lalu Prasad.
In the national capital, tax department teams visited posh localities in New Friends Colony, Sainik Farms and few farmhouses in Bijwasan and south Delhi areas.
Tax department officials said some of the properties allegedly belong to the kin of Lalu Prasad in a ‘Benami’ way.
Prasad, however, sought to put up a brave face, saying he was “not scared at all” and will continue to fight against the “fascist forces”.
“BJP mein himmat nahi hai ki Lalu ki awaz ko daba sake… Lalu ki awaz dabayenge to desh bhar me karoron Lalu khare ho jayenge… Main gidarbhabhki se nahi darne wala hoon (BJP does not have the courage to stifle my voice… If it tries to silence one Lalu, crores of Lalu will come forward. I am not scared of empty threats),” tweeted Lalu.
“People and businessmen connected to the land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family are being searched. There are allegations of Benami deals worth about Rs 1,000 crore and subsequent tax evasion,” an IT official claimed.