Centre did not interfere in Chidambaram probe: Piyush Goyal

New Delhi, May 16

Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, reiterated that the Centre did not interfere and had no role to play with the searches conducted by CBI at the residence of former Union Minister P. Chidambaram and his son in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

"The government does not interfere in CBI probes. As a common citizen, I can say the probe must have been going on. Agencies must have had the evidence to take the action they are taking," Goyal said at a press conference at the Bharatiya Janata Party's office in Delhi.

The Central Bureau of Investigation said that the searches were in connection with criminal misconduct with the FIPB clearances given to INX Media (now called 9X Media) during the time when Chidambaram was the Finance Minister. Separate CBI teams conducted searches at more than ten places in Tamil Nadu, besides carrying out over a dozen raids in Delhi, Mumbai and Haryana's Gurugram.

Chidambaram termed the CBI action as "political vendetta", and that he and his son Karti were being targeted as the Centre wants to muzzle their voice.

Taking a jibe at the former Union Minister, Goyal said: "He is saying it is happening because he writes some columns in newspapers. No one cares about those columns, they have not stirred any storm in the country."

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is also probing the involvement of Karti Chidambaram's company for alleged foreign exchange violations.

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