Raids against Chidambaram, Lalu: Jaitley says day of reckoning has come

IT raids in 22 places in Delhi on Lalu Prasad associates, CBI swoop on Chidambarams in Chennai
Day Of Reckoning, Says Arun Jaitley As 2 Opposition Leaders Are Raided
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20 May, 2017

The people in high positions acquiring assets through shell companies is not a small thing. RJD is a partner of the ruling alliance in Bihar that also comprised the JD (U) and the Congress. She was referring to the CBI raids on multiple premises linked to Chidambaram, former Finance Minister, and his son Karti in connection with alleged favours granted in FIPB clearance to a firm.

In its FIR against Karti, CBI has alleged that Rs 3.5 crore was paid by INX Media, a firm then owned by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, to companies directly or indirectly controlled by Karti to influence the FIPB decision. "The day of reckoning has come for many.they all will be accountable" said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, as opposition leaders said the government is being heavy-handed about framing its opponents.

"The government, using the CBI and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends".

He was asked about the opposition charge against the government of using CBI and I-T department to go after opposition leaders. "All I will say is, I shall continue to speak and write", he added.

Rubbishing the Congress accusation that P. Chidambaram is being targeted for his critical views about the government, the Centre on Wednesday said that it does not indulge in any kind of "revenge politics" and that, the law of the country is absolutely impartial.

According to reports, the CBI raids on the residences of P Chidambaram and his son in Chennai started early morning. I do not understand why they are conducting raids.

A source close to Karti told TOI he had travelled as per schedule.

He said no documents had been seized from his residence during the raids and that he had done nothing wrong. Asked if the CBI would interrogate Mr Chidambaram also, the official said: "The probe is still in the initial stage".

"The truth is that revenge has become a DNA of the BJP".

Rejecting allegations of political vendetta levelled by Lalu Prasad and Chidambaram, Goyal claimed the BJP government never comes in the way of law, and that investigation agencies work independently.

On a day of rising political temperatures in the wake of the raids, BJP ministers and top guns in the Congress party hit out at each other.

Reacting to the raids, former union minister Chidambaram said the Central government was trying to silence his voice and stop him from writing.

Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi demanded that the Nitish Kumar Government order a probe into the allegations of "shady land deals" against RJD supremo and his family members.


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