The Enforcement Directorate (ED) comes down heavily on former Union Minister P Chidambaram‘s son Karti Chidambaram on Wednesday and directed him to vacate his House located at National Capital’s Jor Bagh.
A notice issued by the probing agency on Wednesday evening directed Congress MP to ‘vacate the premises and hand over the possession of the property to the undersigned (ED) within 10 days from the date of receipt of this notice’.
The Jor Bagh situated house, at 115-A block 172, Jor Bagh, New Delhi-3, is jointly owned by Karti Chidambaram and his mother Nalini Chidambaram.
The property situated at Delhi’s Jor Bagh was attached by the probing agency on October, last year, which was later confirmed by the authority on March 29. The Enforcement Directorate, had on October 10, 2018, attached assets worth Rs 54 crore of Karti Chidambaram in India, the UK, and Spain in connection with the case.
The eviction notice was issued following an earlier order of the Adjudicating Authority, PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act), by which the attachment of the property was confirmed in March, early this year.
Speaking to media, ED Counsel Nitesh Rana told PTI, that the immovable property will be kept at the disposal of the probing agency until the further orders. He added that property will be kept intact by all the concerned for further proceedings under the act.
The immovable property was attached by the agency in connection with the INX Media case, in which both – P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram – are accused. Karti Chidambaram, now a Congress MP from Sivaganga Lok Sabha Seat, is currently on bail. While the former Finance minister P Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea is pending before the Delhi High Court.
The ED had registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the INX Deal based on the CBI FIR.
The CBI in its FIR has alleged that irregularities took place in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to the media group for receiving overseas funds amounting to Rs 305 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was the Union finance minister.
Later, the probing agency had filed a case against the founders of the media group, Mukherjees, under the PMLA Act.