New Delhi: Karti Chidambaram has been granted anticipatory bail by a special CBI court in Delhi. The court was hearing an application seeking arrest from arrest by the ED, which was filed by Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case.
The court while delivering the verdict directed Karti to cooperate with the investigation and also said that he shall be available for questioning when the ED seeks it.
The Enforcement Directorate has said that P Chidambaram, former union minister was part of the conspiracy to give FIPB clearance to Aircel-Maxis in a bid to avoid a reference to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs and ensure that it was cleared by the finance ministry.
The mysterious manner in which a 2013 draft report reached the residence of former union minister, P Chidambaram is being probed by the CBI. The Central Bureau of Investigation had prepared a draft report in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case and during a raid conducted by the Enforcement Directorate, it was found at the resident of Chidambaram.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy while expressing concern over the non-tabling of the CAG Aircel-Maxis report asked the new Comptroller and Auditor General, Rajiv Mehrishi, for its re-examination by a special team.
A plea by the CBI to declare Ralph Marshal and T Ananda Krishna as absconders in the Aircel-Maxis case has been rejected by a court. The Court adjourned sine die the case against the two accused Malaysian nationals.
On Monday, the Central Bureau of Investigation told the Supreme Court that it is probing all possible angles of allegations that the former finance minister P Chidambaram had illegally given clearance to the Malaysian firm Maxis to buy 100 per cent of Aircel.
New Delhi, Feb 3: The CBI and ED will challenge the order that discharged the Maran brothers in the Aircel-Maxis case. The Patiala House court in Delhi had discharged Dayanidhi and Kalainithi Maran in both cases that were probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate.
Arguing against the discharge in the Supreme Court, the counsel for the agencies said that the special court had erred in not ordering the discharged accused to furnish bail bonds. It is my duty to file the appeal, the prosecutor also submitted in the court. Further the counsel also urged the Supreme Court not to release the properties of the accused attached in connection with this case.
New Delhi, Feb 2: Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran were discharged in the Aircel-Maxis case. have been discharged in the Aircel-Maxis case. The Patiala House court discharged them and the other accused in both cases that were probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate.
The court was to frame charges against former telecom minister, Dayanidhi and his brother Kalanidhi. The court however found no ground to proceed against Maran and the rest of the accused. The court also cited the lack of evidence while passing the order.
The ED had alleged that two firms, South Asia FM Limited and Sun Direct TV Private Ltd had received Rs 742.58 crore as proceeds of the crime from Mauritius based firms. The two firms were then allegedly controlled by Kalainithi, the investigation had claimed.
New Delhi, Jan 7: The Supreme Court on Friday said that it would look into the role played by former finance minister P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis deal. The court which had taken exception to the non-appearance by the owner of the Malaysian firm Axis said that it would deal with one issue at a time.
During the course of the arguments, BJP’s MP in the Rajya Sabha Subramanian Swamy, had asked the court to look into the role played by Chidambaram. He told the court that an illegality had been committed by the former finance minister in granting the FIBP clearance to the Aircel-Maxis deal.
The Supreme Court on Friday restrained Maxis from earning any revenue from Aircel-Maxis’s 65 million mobile phone connections till further orders. As a result of this order the sale of 2G spectrum by Aircel-Maxis to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communication and Bharti Airtel will be put on hold.
The Supreme Court took strong exception to the fact that the owner of the Malaysian firm Axis, Ananda Krishnan had not honored the summons issued by the court after the CBI had filed a chargesheet in the Aircel-Maxis scam.