Special CBI court had granted anticipatory bail to P. Chidambaram and his son on 5 September in the case
The Delhi High Court will next hear the matter on 12 May
NEW DELHI :
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted three weeks time to P. Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram to file reply on Enforcement Directorate's plea against the anticipatory bail granted to Chidambarams in the Aircel-Maxis case by the special court.
Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court had granted anticipatory bail to P. Chidambaram and his son on 5 September in the case on furnishing Rs1 lakh each. They were also directed to not contact, threaten, or influence any witness, or tamper with evidence in any manner or leave the country without prior permission of the court.
Opposing Chidambaram and his son Karti’s protection from arrest, the agencies had claimed the two may hamper the probe and sought their custodial interrogation in the case.
The former union finance minister and his son had been given interim protection from arrest by the CBI as well as the ED due to repeated adjournments in the case. The CBI and the ED are probing how Karti Chidambaram received clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was Union finance minister. The CBI, had in October 2018, filed a chargesheet naming him and a few others in the case. Last year, the CBI filed another chargesheet against 18 persons.