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Raids at properties of Lalu and PC’s son
PTI | Tuesday, 16 May 2017 AT 10:52 AM IST
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New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday searched the homes and offices of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram (PC), across four cities for allegedly receiving money from a media firm owned by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea to scuttle a tax probe.

CBI sleuths fanned out across the Chidambarams’ properties in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Gurugram early in the morning on Tuesday. The investigating agency had filed an FIR on Monday evening on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, receiving illegal gratification, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct.

It is alleged that Karti received money from INX Media 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.His father issued a strong statement in response to say that the government was using the CBI and other agencies to target his son.

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 organisations,” he said.

But he would continue to speak and write, the former minister 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.

Lalu under scanner for benami deals
New Delhi/Patna: Spelling more trouble for Lalu Prasad, Income Tax department on Tuesday conducted raids and surveys at about 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with alleged benami deals of Rs 1,000 crore by the RJD supremo members of his family.

Reacting sharply, the Bihar strongman alleged the BJP had “let loose the government machinery on him”.

The BJP, meanwhile, demanded that the Nitish Kumar government, in which RJD is a coalition partner, probe the allegations of “shady land deals” of Lalu and some of his children. The Congress is also a constituent of the ruling alliance in Bihar.
The raids came days after the Supreme Court order of May 8.

The order restored the charge of criminal conspiracy against the RJD leader in all the four fodder scam cases against him in which he would now stand trial. Lalu has been barred from contesting an election after his conviction and sentencing in one of the fodder scam cases.

According to IT officials, raids were conducted at the premises of some prominent businessmen and real estate agents in Delhi, Gurgaon, Rewari and few others. The searches were conducted at the premises of the son of RJD MP and former union minister Prem Chand Gupta, and few other businessmen.

While raids were conducted at a dozen locations, ten other premises were surveyed, IT sources said.

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