The CBI alleged that Karti Chidambaram received money from INX Media for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of FIPB conditions to receive investment from Mauritius.
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 Chennai".
"Not surprised by the malicious vendetta being unleashed against senior Congress leaders including P Chidambaram and his son".
Commenting on the ED raid the Congress leader said, "They (ED officials) searched and found nothing but since they had to justify themselves they took papers of a statement made by the government in the Parliament, few years back". The investigation agency has summoned Karti Chidambaram on January 16 in connection with the case, after he skipped an earlier summons, The Indian Express reported.
"Everyday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government use the ED and the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) as captive puppets to seek revenge from the opposition, ' he said".
Speaking to media on ED raids, the senior Congress leader said that "There is no FIR concerning a scheduled crime by CBI or any agency". "The ED conducted a raid today. The raid concluded at 10.45 a.m.", Arun Natrajan reportedly told journalists.
In October previous year, during investigation ED found that Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval given by P. Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case was beyond his mandate. Karti Chidambaram is accused of facilitating bribes in the Aircel-Maxis transaction.