ED attaches Rs.54 crores worth assets of Karti Chidambaram in the INX Media bribery case

The ED has attached properties worth Rs.54 crores (market value of over Rs.150 crores) of Karti Chidambaram in the INX Media case

The ED has attached properties worth Rs.54 crores (market value of over Rs.150 crores) of Karti Chidambaram in the INX Media case
The ED has attached properties worth Rs.54 crores (market value of over Rs.150 crores) of Karti Chidambaram in the INX Media case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday cracked down on the tainted former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s family by attaching Rs.54 crores worth assets in the INX media case. The assets were in the name of Chidambaram’s co-accused and son Karti and his company Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited (ASCPL). The Bungalows in Jor Bagh in Delhi, Ooty, Kodaikanal, London and the Tennis Academy in Spain are the attached properties including bank deposits. These properties, valued at Rs.54 crores as per the official calculations is expected to be worth over Rs.150 crores.

“Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth Rs 54 crores under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) of Shri Karti P. Chidambaram and his company Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt. Ltd. (ASCPL) in INX Media case. The assets include immovable properties in India, the UK, and Spain apart from deposits in banks. An investigation conducted by the Directorate so far shows that for FIPB approval, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea met Finance Minister Chidambaram so that there was no hold up or delay in their application.

How INX Media paid Karti

Chidambaram asked for his son’s business interests to be kept in mind. ED identified payments of Rs. 3.09 crores by Peter Mukerjea to ASCPL and associated entities controlled by Karti through manipulated debit notes. During investigation, it was admitted that debit notes were raised on the directions of Karti P. Chidambaram to show some transaction which in fact did not occur. The money received by associated entities was channeled back into ASCPL. The funds received by ASCPL were invested and ASCPL also purchased shares of Vasan Health Care. A part of these shares was sold at a profit of nearly Rs. 41 crores. ASCPL also earned Rs.18.49 crores from the sale of shares in another company for an amount of Rs.29.49 crores. These funds arising from the sale of laundered property are also assets involved in money laundering. Therefore assets and properties belonging to him and ASCPL were attached in lieu of proceeds of crime,” said ED in the statement.

“The attached assets include, agricultural land in Kodaikkanal, Bungalows in Ooty of ASCPL, Fixed Deposits of Rs.90 lakh in the name of ASCPL with DCB Bank, Nungambakkam Branch, Share of  Karti P. Chidambaram in Jor Bagh House and Rs.9,23,46,407/- in the name of Sh. Karti P Chidambaram with Indian Overseas Bank, Nungambakkam Branch have also been attached.  The overseas assets in UK i.e Surridge farm, Bathealton, Somerset UK held in the name of ASCPL Singapore and  Tennis Club and Land located in Municipality of Gava province of Barcelona Spain in the name of Advantage Estrategia Esportiva S.L.U are also attached. The attached properties collectively amount to Rs. 54 crores.

Efforts are on to trace other proceeds of crime and laundered assets. Further investigation is in progress,” said ED detailing the properties attached.

Chidambara Rahasya

PGurus had published a detailed report – ‘Chidambara Rahasya’ detailing the amore than Rs.15000 crores worth illegal assets of Chidambaram family, spread across 14 countries[1].


[1] Chidambara Rahasya – Details of huge secret assets & foreign bank accounts of Chidambaram FamilyMar 15, 2017, PGurus.com

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  1. ED must build up a water tight case before the court to ensure that the attachment is held valid and the occupants made to vacate the premises immediately. This will set an example for the corrupt politicians to desist from corrupt and illegal activities lest they will land in jail. PC and co know how to manipulate the affairs post attachment, to find an escape route and ED must be doubly careful and cautious in dealing with this case.

  2. ED is the most effective agency in curbing corruption. ED Chief Karnal Singh and his boys/girls deserves credit for this strong steps. Meanwhile BJP leader maverick Subramanian Swamy deserves credit for fixing crooked Chidambaram.

  3. This amount is peanut for Chidambarams.We will be happy only when they are sent to Tihar for their misdeeds.Inspite of so much evidence against them who are protecting these rogues?

  4. I think citing this case others who are small and miniscule in size can go to the court and get stay till a decision is taken on big fishChidambaram and company


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