Congress leader P Chidambaram accused the central government on Saturday of “unleashing vicious vendetta” against the Opposition after the Enforcement Directorate searched his residence in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis case. The ED conducted searches at 10 premises linked to his son Karti Chidambaram in connection with the probe.The former union minister accused the agency of misusing powers at the behest of the Centre. He termed the raids “a comedy of errors” and said the officers were left “embarrassed” and “apologetic” as they could not find anything at his house. He said he would not succumb to pressure.”Since they had the search warrant, I did not object to the search but I said I will record my protest that there is no FIR in respect of the scheduled crime… there are obviously no proceeds of crime and the ED has no jurisdiction under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA),” he told reporters outside his Jorbagh residence in Delhi.Later, in a statement, he said there is no predicate scheduled offence and hence the ED has no jurisdiction.”Yet the ED continues to misuse its powers. Let the government misuse the ED. I shall neither bend nor break and I shall continue to speak and write,” Chidambaram said.
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