Chennai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today searched the office of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in connection with its probe against firms owned by his friends.

The ED action invited strong criticism from Chidambaram Sr who said “nothing was found” in the “fishing and roving” enquiry and he would like to see how far a “foolish” government would go in “harassing” him.

Karti Chidambaram issued a statement that some officers of the investigating agencies visited his office today.

“I was informed that they are investigating three firms. Two of the firms belong to my friends. They are owned by professionals and managed by competent boards of directors. I am not aware of the third firm,” he said in the statement. ED officials said they searched a room they had locked in the office premises of Karti as part of their operation that was executed on December 1. “Some documents have been seized,” they said. Officials said the room could not be opened on December 1 and was sealed. It was opened today and Karti was informed accordingly, they said.

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