CBDT probe against P Chidambaram has not moved an inch
Are C-Company minions actively working in the Finance Ministry to exercise masterly inactivity in the cases being probed under the Black Money Act and Benami Act?
Instead of straightaway registering a case, the CBDT is playing tricks to save their old boss Chidambaram.
While the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is pursuing cases against the former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his family-related corruption cases, another organisation, the Income Tax Department (IT) has not yet moved an inch on the cases probing under the Black Money Act and Benami Act. IT under the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is still employing delaying tactics related to the cases of illegal amassing of wealth in 14 countries by Chidambaram and family members.
The Chidambaram and his family members assets were exposed in a joint raid conducted by the ED and the Income Tax’s Chennai Unit in December 2015 in connection with son Karti’s firms during the Aircel-Maxis probe. The Income Tax’s Chennai Unit has come out with a more than 200-page report on the illegal assets amassed by the family in 14 countries and 21 illegal foreign bank accounts in mid-2016. But the senior officers in CBDT and the top officials like Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia and Joint Secretary (Revenue) Uday Singh Kumawat tried to hush-up the matter and the report was made public by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in February 2017.
Upon Swamy’s complaint, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the CBDT to probe and register cases under new Black Money and Benami Acts on the illegal assets amassed by Chidambaram family in June 2017. But till date, the CBDT under the Chairmanship of Sushil Chandra IRS has not moved an inch except writing letters to the 14 countries seeking confirmation of Chidambaram family’s assets worth more than Rs.10,000 crores. PGurus have detailed the illegal assets of the family 14 countries and 21 illegal foreign bank accounts in an article titled as Chidambaram Rahasya1.
The top Finance Ministry officials and CBDT officials are purposely delaying acting in these two crucial cases under the Black Money Act and Benami Act. There is no need to write letters to these 14 countries and wait for a reply, when Income Tax’s Chennai Unit has found all the details. Instead of straightaway registering a case, the CBDT under Arun Jaitley’s Finance Ministry is playing tricks to save their old boss Chidambaram.
The worst of it is that the CBDT has not shared any details with the CBI and the ED. Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia conducts fortnightly review meetings with the Chairman of CBDT on the progress of investigations in important cases. Why has there been no progress in Chidambaram cases?
Now it is heard that Adhia is recommending a second extension for CBDT chairman Sushil Chandra. Gopal Mukherjee, a Member of Investigation of the CBDT retired in January 2017. The vacancy created by his superannuation has not yet been filled. The committee of Secretaries have met but the decision appears to not have been made. Why is such an important post being kept vacant?
Reliable sources have told PGurus that Adhia has deliberately delayed filling up the vacancy of Member – Investigations for wanting to give an extension to the pliable CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra as all members of the present Board are expected to retire within the next 5-6 months. This is the condition of the CBDT which heads the Income Tax, handling many sensitive cases. The worst is that in many sensitive cases, the Income Tax has not yet launched any criminal prosecutions. Something is rotten in the Finance Ministry of this country, which is still under the influence of former tainted Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
 Chidambara Rahasya – Details of huge secret assets & foreign bank accounts of Chidambaram family – Mar 15, 2017, PGurus.com
 Aircel-Maxis deal: Noose tightens around Chidambaram’s son – Dec 1, 2015, PGurus.com