Former finance minister P Chidambaram has accused the Narendra Modi government of targeting him and his son by using agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which raided his house in Chennai and 14 other locations across the country today.
Chidambaram issued a statement saying there were no charges against him and that the government was using central agencies to target opposition parties.
“All charges against me are baseless. I’m being targeted politically and personally,” added Karti Chidambaram.
The CBI raids were linked to an FIR which claimed that Karti received kickbacks from INX Media to facilitate foreign investment clearance for the media company in 2008. INX Media was then owned by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, who are currently in jail in connection with the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora in 2012.
FIPB approval is granted in hundreds of cases. The five Secretaries who constitute the FIPB, the officials of the
FIPB Secretariat and the competent authority in each case are the public officials. There is no allegation against any of them. There is no allegation against me.
Every case was processed according to law and approval was granted or refused in accordance with the recommendations of the FIBP consisting of five Secretaries to the Government of India.
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. All I will say is, I shall continue to speak and write.
WATCH: CBI conducts raids at Chidambaram’s Chennai residence, son Karti’s house