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Karti Chidambaram moves HC against ED summons

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Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambram, on Thursday approached the Madras High Court seeking to quash a summons issued to him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on August 19.

Mr. Karti has sought the relief through a writ petition moved by his power of attorney, N.R.R. Arun Natarajan.

He also wanted the court to forbear the ED from taking any steps or action against him pursuant to the summons issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering (PML) Act, 2002 in connection with the 2G scam.

When the plea came for hearing before Justice B. Rajendran, senior counsel for the petitioner Gopal Subramaniam submitted that the legal representative of Mr. Karti would appear before the ED for an inquiry.

Opposing the plea, Additional Solicitor General G. Rajagopalan contended that the High Court could not entertain the case as it lacked jurisdiction since all the cases related to the 2G scam case were being handled by the Supreme Court.

Responding to this, Mr. Gopal Subramaniam wanted the Union government to make its submissions through an affidavit. The Additional Solicitor General agreed to it. The judge then adjourned the plea to September 28 for further hearing.

According to the petition, Mr. Karti was summoned by Rajeshwar Singh, Deputy Director, ED, New Delhi on June 21.

The summon instructed him to appear before the officer along with certain documents. Similarly, on July 7, Assistant Director of ED Kamal Singh issued an identical summon to Mr. Karti.

Again, on August 19, the petitioner received a third summon issued by an authorised representative of the Assistant Director.

Since the summons does not refer to any scheduled offence under the PML Act registered by a competent agency, or to any proceeds of crime, Mr. Karti claimed that he made representation to the authorities twice asking for particulars of the scheduled offence. But, despite the request, the officials failed to provide any information.

Claiming that he had reasons to believe that the summons issued to him was motivated by malice in law and malice in fact, he said, “The summons are part of an attempt to embarrass, humiliate and harass the petitioner’s family.”

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