Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has approached the Supreme Court seeking protection of his fundamental rights, including the right to privacy, amid summons to his son Karti Chidambaram and raids by the CBI and the ED in connection with cases related to Aircel-Maxis and INX Media.
Chidambaram filed a writ petition in the top court on Friday, seeking to restrain CBI and ED from issuing any summons to him, his son Karti Chidambaram or any other family member in connection with alleged cases of corruption involving grant of Foreign Investment Public Board (FIPB) clearances to two companies, and in the Aircel-Maxis scam.
The limb of the charge in the FIPB case is that Karti received alleged bribe for getting the clearances when his father headed the Board as the Finance Minister.
As per News18 reports, “Irreparable harm will be caused unless this Court intervenes and protects the fundamental rights of the Petitioner and the members of his family against a pernicious onslaught undertaken by the respondents,” stated Chidambaram’s petition.
“Anyone who has worked with the petitioner (Chidambaram) knows that no one would dare to influence the petitioner’s decisions. The Petitioner had never allowed any family member of the petitioner or any friend to speak to him or to any officer of the Finance Ministry on any official matter. It is therefore preposterous to suggest that a member of the Petitioner’s family, with or without his knowledge, influenced, by corrupt or illegal means, the six Secretaries who constituted the FIPB,” said the petition.
Chidambaram added:” In the discharge of his functions, the petitioner has never allowed any member of his family, including his son, or any other person to interfere with or influence the conduct of official business. The petitioner has, through all his tenures in government, zealously guarded his reputation for integrity and has never allowed any stain on his integrity.”
“The allegations contained in the CBI’s FIR against the Petitioner’s son are totally imaginary, far-fetched and highly improbable. Even on a bare reading of the FIR, it would be clear that the petitioner’s son has been deliberately drawn into a small, routine commercial transaction between two private companies for a paltry sum of Rs 10 lakh,” read the petition.
“On account of the continued harassment meted out by the respondents to the petitioner and the members of his family, the respondents have caused extreme harassment, anguish and, most significantly, damage to the image and reputation of the petitioner and the members of his family,” said Chidambaram, requesting the Court to protect his fundamental rights of equality, carry on business and dignity.
Chidambaram raised a legal issue asking whether without an FIR naming him or his son, the CBI or the ED could probe the alleged offences against them.