Money laundering case: ED summons Karti

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Karti Chidambaram. (PTI)

File photo of Karti Chidambaram. (PTI)

ED has issued summons to Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidamabram, in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal of the 2G scam.

Karti has been asked to either present himself, or an authorised representative who will submit before the officials the personal financial documents related to a specific firm. The papers need to be submitted within a week.

The ED is probing the role of Karti and a few others for alleged violations under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Karti’s role as a director in firms like Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited and Chess Global Advisory Services Pvt Ltd, is under the scanner.

This is the first time that a notice has been issued to Karti in the case.

Sources said the summons have been issued by the Investigating Officer of the case and Deputy Director Rajeshwar Singh.

It is believed that Karti has now sought more time to comply with the ED directives.

The agency, along with the I-T department, had conducted search and seizure operations on the business premises of Chess Global firm in Chennai in the presence of Karti last December.

Karti has denied any wrongdoing and has reiterated his cooperation with probe agencies. His father P Chidambaram had accused the government of launching a “malicious onslaught” against his family.

“If the government wishes to target me, they should do so directly, not harass friends of my son who carry on their own businesses and have nothing to do with politics,” Chidambaram had said.

In August last year, the Enforcement Directorate had issued summons to two directors of a firm linked to Karti. ED’s probe had found that Rs 26 lakh had been allegedly sent from the firm to Aircel Televentures.

The Aircel-Maxis deal is being probed by both ED and CBI and the case is a part of the overall probe in the 2G scam case.

ED is also getting in touch with a number of countries like UAE, South Africa, US, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, France, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and British Virgin Islands on a reciprocal arrangement basis to obtain further leads in this case.

The probe agency had also filed a chargesheet in the Aircel-Maxis deal that was part of the 2G spectrum allocation case and had named former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi, his wife Kavery Kalanithi and few other individuals and two companies as accused in the case.

(With inputs from PTI)