(Pradeep Gaur/Mint file)
(Pradeep Gaur/Mint file)

CBI court adjourns hearing in Aircel-Maxis case

  • Judge OP Saini adjourned the matter without giving a date for next hearing
  • A special court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case

New Delhi: A special court on Friday adjourned hearing in the Aircel-Maxis case which involves senior Congress leader P. Chibambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram sine die, while observing that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have been seeking repeated adjournments.

Judge OP Saini adjourned the matter without giving a date for next hearing, saying that the prosecution may approach the court when the probe is complete.

The case was listed for arguments on the cognisance of the chargesheet in the case.

A special court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to the former Union minister and his son Karti Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case. The court directed the two to cooperate in the probe.

The former minister and his son were granted bail on furnishing of 1 lakh each, with one surety of the same amount. They father-son duo has been asked not to contact, threaten, or influence witnesses, or tamper with evidence in any manner. The two have also been barred from leaving the country without prior permission of the court.

The CBI and the ED are together investigating alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to the Aircel-Maxis deal. The agencies have been probing how Karti Chidambaram received clearance from the FIPB for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was the 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 people in the case.

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