Court extends till Nov 1 the interim protection from arrest granted to Chidambarams in Aircel-Maxis case

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Delhi court on Monday extended till November 1 the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Special CBI Judge O.P. Saini put up the matter for November 1 after the counsel appearing for agencies sought an adjournment in the matter.

Advocates appearing for the CBI and the ED, additional solicitors general Tushar Mehta and Nitesh Rana, told the court that the agencies required time to file a detailed reply and argue on the application filed through Chidambaram’s lawyers P.K. Dubey and Arshdeep Singh.

Chidambaram and his son were named in the charge sheet filed by the CBI on July 19.

The CBI is probing how Chidambaram, who was the Union 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 Rs 3,500-crore Aircel-Maxis deal and the INX Media case involving Rs 305 crore.The Enforcement Directorate is also probing a separate money-laundering case in the Aircel-Maxis matter, in which Chidambaram and Karti have been questioned by the agency.

Both Chidambaram and Karti have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI and the ED. The agency filed a supplementary charge sheet before the special judge, who will consider it on the next date.

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