ED files PMLA case against Karti

Karti Chidambaram

Karti Chidambaram son of former Indian finance minister P Chidambaram talks to media after CBI raided his house in Chennai on May 16

Trouble has begun to mount for former finance minister P. Chidambaram's son, Karti Chidambaram, with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registering a money laundering case against him on Friday morning. Earlier this year, the ED had claimed that it had opened a money laundering probe against the former FM in the Rs 3,500 crore Aircel-Maxis case related to the 2G spectrum scam.

Apart from Advantage Strategic Private limited, ED officials say they are also trying to get financial details about Ausbridge Holdings, a Singapore-registered subsidiary of Advantage Strategic Private Limited, which was allegedly also used to route funds.

Officials said the central probe agency registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), ED's equivalent of a police FIR, against the accused named in the CBI complaint including Karti, INX media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, and others. The CBI alleged that Karti received kickbacks from this company when his father was the finance minister.

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Karti Chidambaram, who was raided couple of days back along with his associates for an alleged bribery and corruption case, has left for London on Thurdsay which was described as a scheduled trip by his father P Chidambaram. The CBI had on Tuesday raided premises linked to Karti and the residence of Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea among 14 locations in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi NCR.

Karti Chidambaram has denied all the charges made against him.

"The government, using CBI and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends". FIPB approval was granted in "hundreds of cases", the senior Congress leader had said. "The company violated the conditions set by the FIPB and received investment to the tune of 26 percent in the capital which included foreign investment". It allegedly generated more than '305 crore of FDI in INX Media against the approved inflow of Rs 4.62 crore by issuing shares to foreign investors at a premium of more than Rs 800 per share.

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