Aircel-Maxis case: Delhi court seeks Karti Chidambaram’s response on ED plea
Enforcement Directorate has urged the court to cancel the interim relief from arrest granted to Karti Chidambaram
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday sought response of Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, on a plea of Enforcement Directorate seeking his custodial interrogation in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.
Special CBI judge O.P. Saini asked the counsel for Karti to file his response by 18 September on ED’s plea which has urged the court to cancel the interim relief from arrest granted to him.
The probe agency has alleged that Karti was not cooperating with the investigation, which was one of the conditions imposed on him while granting him interim relief.
The agency has also said that Karti was showing “irritation” and sometimes even anger while being interrogated by the ED officials in the case. ED had earlier in the day moved the court to cancel the interim relief granted to Karti.
On 7 August, the Delhi court had extended till 8 October the interim protection from arrest granted to Chidambaram and Karti in the Aircel-Maxis cases filed by the CBI and the ED for the alleged offences of corruption and money laundering respectively. They were named in the charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case on 19 July.
The ED is also probing a separate money-laundering case in the Aircel-Maxis matter and a charge sheet was filed against Karti by the agency on 13 July. The CBI is probing how P. Chidambaram, who was the finance minister in 2006, granted a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to a foreign firm, when only the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) was empowered to do it.
The senior Congress leader’s role has come under the scanner of investigating agencies in the ₹3,500 crore Aircel-Maxis deal and the INX Media case involving ₹305 crore. Taking a cue from the CBI FIR, the ED is probing the money laundering in the matter.
P. Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram have been questioned by the ED on various occasions, even though the politician has not been arrayed as an accused. Both have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI and the ED.