P Chidambaram (HT file)
P Chidambaram (HT file)

Court extends Chidambaram's interim protection in Aircel-Maxis deal

  • District and Sessions Judge O.P. Saini posted the bail arguments for August 9 and will take cognizance of the chargesheet on August 19
  • The CBI and the ED are probing how Karti Chidambaram received clearance from the FIPB for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was Union finance minister

New Delhi: The Rouse Avenue court in Delhi on Thursday extended the interim protection from arrest to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in the case dealing with alleged irregularities in approval by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to the Aircel-Maxis deal and posted the matter on August 9.

District and Sessions Judge O.P. Saini posted the bail arguments for August 9 and will take cognizance of the chargesheet on August 19.

Special Judge O P Saini extended the relief after the argument on anticipatory bail plea of the father-son duo remained inconclusive as both the agencies sought time to argue the matter further.

During the hearing, senior advocate Sonia Mathur and Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Nitesh Rana, appearing for the ED and CBI, respectively, sought adjournment of the matter.

During the hearing, Chidambaram told the court there was no grounds for it to deny them anticipatory bail, which has been opposed by the two central probe agencies.

The CBI and the ED are probing how Karti Chidambaram received clearance from the 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.

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