M Karunanidhi and MK Stalin
M Karunanidhi and MK StalinReuters

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday has expressed disapproval over the CBI raids at Stalin's residence.

"I strongly disapprove of the action by the CBI. It will be misunderstood. I have spoken to the minister concerned," Chidambaram told CNN-IBN news channel. 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out raids at the residence of DMK leader MK Stalin on Thursday in Chennai.

The raids were conducted on the basis of a complaint from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in connection with the alleged illegal import of foreign cars worth ₹20 crore. One of the cars is believed to be used by Stalin's son, Udayanidhi. According to reports, the CBI has registered a case against Udayanidhi for illegally importing a car.

The search has taken place just two days after the DMK pulled out of the Congress-led UPA alliance over the government's failure to bring amendments to the UN resolution against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes committed against its Tamil population. It was reportedly Stalin who pushed his father to withdraw support to the UPA government. 

According to sources, the CBI raids took place at four places, including Stalin's house and the residence of his secretary, Raja Shankar. 

DMK party leaders have termed the raids a "political vendetta". Senior leader TR Baalu said that the "raids are linked to the DMK exiting UPA alliance." "Congress has stooped to this level, very sorry to say this," he added, according to NDTV.