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Aircel-Maxis case: ED files charge sheet against Karti Chidambaram

File photo of Karti Chidambaram leaving the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi on February 28. Photograph: (PTI)

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jun 13, 2018, 03.30 PM (IST)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet against Karti Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis Case case in Delhi's Patiala House Court. The next date of hearing is July 4, ANI reported. 

Talking to ANI on the issue, BJP senior leader, Subramanian Swamy said that the charge sheet should have been filed much earlier, but due to some officers in the ED who were trying to help Chidambaram, the process got delayed. He said, “This should have been done much earlier but few officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation were helping Chidambaram, even a few ministers were helping him, but now the Prime Minister has stopped all these. The CBI and the ED have been asked not to entertain any interference from anyone and take their own decisions.”

“After the charge sheet will be filed against Karti, another will be issued against Chidambaram. Chidambaram will again have to appear before the ED, he keeps on lying but gets caught.” P. Chidambaram’s son Karti was arrested on February 28 at the Chennai airport upon his return from the United Kingdom, for his alleged role in the case. Currently, Karti is on bail too. He allegedly took service charges for getting the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving funds from abroad worth Rs 305 crore in 2007 when his father was the finance minister.

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On June 6, the Enforcement Directorate said it has again summoned former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on June 12 for questioning in the Rs 3,500 crore Aircel-Maxis case.

Chidambaram was quizzed by the ED on June 5 for over five hours and his statement recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the Aircel-Maxis case. 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED are investigating how Karti Chidambaram allegedly managed to get a clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in the Aircel-Maxis deal when his father was the Union Finance Minister in 2006.

The ED, in September 2017, had attached Karti's assets worth Rs 1.16 crore. Karti faces probe for allegedly receiving kickbacks in lieu of the FIPB clearance.

(With inputs from ANI

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