He said no documents had been seized from his residence during the raids and that he had done nothing wrong. Lalu Prasad, on his part, let out a flurry of invective against the BJP, challenging the ruling party to fight him politically and not indulge in a "witch hunt".
While mentioning Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, Surjewala asked why the PM Modi did not take action against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan whose name allegedly cropped up in the scam.
He was responding to the charge that the government was using the CBI and the I-T department to go after Opposition leaders. The Supreme Court did that. "During its three years in power, the BJP has given an honest, scam-free govern ment, a decisive leader and pro-poor thrust on govern ance and has helped the country become the fastest growing large economy for the first time ever", he said. "The issue is why beneficiaries of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) gave money to the firms owned by the son of P Chidambaram", Goyal, said, while rejecting the claims of the former Finance Minister that his "critical columns" invited the government actions. "The day of reckoning has come for many.they all will be accountable" said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, as opposition leaders said the government is being heavy-handed about framing its opponents.
The five secretaries who constitute the FIPB, the officials of the FIPB secretariat and the competent authority in each case are public officials, Chidambaram said, adding that there was no allegation against any of them.
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Lalu rapped the BJP in yet another tweet for "sensing an opportunity to destabilise the Grand Alliance Government in Bihar" and asserted that the coalition was "intact".
Goyal said Chidambaram would be held accountable for his "son's stroke". "I am not scared of the BJP letting loose the Government machinery on me", he wrote on the microblogging website Twitter.
"Now, it is the turn of the Nitish Kumar Government to act against his ally, RJD leader Lalu Prasad and his two Minister sons, who have made land purchases in Bihar", he told reporters at Patna. "We don't believe in political witch-hunting and misusing any of these organisations", the union information and broadcasting minister said.
Reports said that CBDT chairman Sushil Chandra held a meeting with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) hours after the CBI raided Karti's residence in Chennai, his office in Gurgaon and other places yesterday.