NCP questions 'witch-hunt' at firms linked to Chidambaram's son

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New Delhi: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday backed former finance minister P. Chidambaram a day after he accused the government of a 'malicious onslaught' against his family, saying he has reasons to believe why this 'witch-hunt' is on.

'Well, Mr. Chidambram seems to have reasons to believe that since he has been out of office, all these kinds of witch-hunts are happening. People in this country don't have total faith in the credibility and honesty of our investigative agency,' NCP leader Majeed Memon told ANI.

'We have seen in the past, the Supreme Court has also called the CBI as a caged parrot,' he added.

Memon further said the moment one steps out of power, they are crowded with all kinds of investigation and enquiry which sends a very 'wrong' message.

'People believe that those in power are exempted from any legal action, which is a very bad sting for a society governed by rule of law,' he added.

Chidambaram had yesterday dubbed the raids conducted on two firms in Chennai, one of which had links to his son Karti, as a 'malicious onslaught' launched by the BJP-led NDA Government.

"I am traveling and I have been informed about searches conducted on certain firms in Ã'hennai allegedly linked to my son. If the government wishes to target me, they should do so directly, not harass friends of my son who carry on their own businesses and have nothing to do with politics," Chidambaram said in a statement.

The Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department had earlier conducted raids in Chennai on firms allegedly owned by Karti.

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