P Chidambaram, son Karti charged by CBI in Aircel-Maxis case

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New Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram were on Thursday named in a charge sheet by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) relating to the Aircel-Maxis case.

The CBI filed the fresh charge-sheet before special CBI judge OP Saini in Delhi’s Patiala House Court. The court is to take cognizance of the matter on July 31.

Aircel CEO V Srinivasan and FIPB chairman Ashok Jha have also been named in the charge-sheet. Besides, the CBI has charged two government officials with abuse of power in the charge sheet.

Chidambaram said the charges were designed to support a “preposterous allegation” against himself and other officials, but declined to comment further.

“The case is now before the honourable court and it will be contested vigorously,” he said on social network Twitter adding, “I shall make no more public comment.”

The CBI was conducting probe as to how Chidambaram, who was the finance minister in 2006, granted Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to a foreign firm when only Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was empowered to do it.

The senior Congress leader’s role had come under the scanner of investigating agencies in the Aircel-Maxis deal of Rs 3,500 crore and INX Media case involving Rs 305 crore.

In its charge sheet filed earlier in the case against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and others, the agency had alleged that Chidambaram had granted FIPB approval to Mauritius-based Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Maxis.

The Maran brothers and other accused, who were listed in the CBI charge sheet earlier, were discharged by the special court as the agency failed to produce any material against them to proceed with the trial.

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