Chidambaram’s family challenges govt, claims media trial

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram’s family has accused media of reporting “completely wild, unverified and unsubstantiated allegations” against the senior Congress leader. 

Chidambaram is currently in the CBI custody for interrogation in connection with INX Media money laundering case. “While we understand that the motive of the government is to demonize and humiliate P Chidambaram, we are deeply saddened that the media is unable to uphold liberty against calumny.

One of the fundamental principles of liberty is: Every person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” Chidambaram’s family claimed in a message posted on social media.

“We challenge the government to produce a shred of evidence in support of one undisclosed bank account, one undisclosed property or one shell company anywhere in the world,” the statement said.

The family possessed enough wealth and did not crave for money through unlawful ways, it said and added: “We are therefore astounded by allegations of properties in multiple countries, multiple bank accounts, numerous shell companies etc. These are chapters plucked out of ghost stories and one day these ghosts will be buried.”

“We are a small family possessed of enough wealth. We are all income tax assesses. We do not crave for money and we don’t seek money in unlawful ways. We are therefore astounded by allegations of properties in multiple countries, multiple bank accounts, numerous shell companies, etc,” it said.

Rejecting the Enforcement Directorate (ED)’s charge on foreign bank accounts and assets, Chidambaram said he feared the use of “coercive methods” by the agency if taken into custody.

In the rejoinder affidavit, he said that he couldn’t be sent to remand to let the agency extract desirable statements from him. “The ED can’t get a free hand.” “I am not the beneficial owner or creator/incorporator of any foreign company,” he added.