CBI raids: BJP trying to tarnish Chidambaram's reputation, says Congress

| Updated: May 16, 2017 18:26 IST

Chennai (Tamil Nadu), May 16 (ANI): Branding P. Chidambaram as an 'emerging leader', the Congress on Tuesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to tarnish the former union minister's reputation because he is voicing against the Narendra Modi-led Government. The statement comes in the wake of the CBI raids underway at former union minister Chidambaram's residence in Chennai, which is in connection with alleged favours granted in FIPB clearance to a firm. Speaking to the media here state Congress leader Karate R. Thiagarajan said, "This is a politically motivated raid. Chidambaram is an emerging leader. He can be the chief minister of the state. They are trying to damage his reputation. He is the one who is raising voice against BJP in Delhi." Echoing similar views, Tamil Nadu spokesperson Peter Alphonse asserted that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raid is yet another agenda in play by the BJP. "BJP is using CBI and income tax to tarnish the image of congress leaders. Chidabaram is the most respected finance minister. He has presented more than ten budgets," Alphonse told media. With the Chidambaram residence being raided today in connection with the FIPB approval in several cases, the senior Congress leader lashed out at the Centre, accusing it of using national agencies to target his son. "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," he said in a statement. Asserting that every case was processed according to law, Chidambaram added that the 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," the senior Congress leader added. Meanwhile, the CBI is expected to raid Chidambaram's native place in Karaikudi also. The raids are happening at around 14 different locations in Chennai and also in the national capital in connection with the criminal misconduct in grant of FIPB approval. (ANI)

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