New Delhi: The Patiala House Court on Monday extended till November 1 the interim protection to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case. The duo is seeking protection from arrest by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). (Also read: Court Gives Time to CBI For Obtaining Sanction to Prosecute Chidambaram) Also Read - 'Mild Symptoms, Under Home Quarantine': Congress MP Karti Chidambaram Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Last month, the Supreme Court had allowed Karti to travel abroad between September 20-30 even though the investigating agency had informed the apex court that Karti was misusing the liberty granted to him by the court for travelling abroad, thereby using it to protract investigations. Also Read - INX Media Money-Laundering Case: ED Files Chargesheet Against Congress Leader P Chidambaram, Son Karti
Hearing the Aircel-Maxis case, The court had also granted seven weeks to the CBI to obtain sanction to prosecute the former minister and other serving or former public servants in the Aircel-Maxis deal case. The court had pulled up the agency for filing the charge sheet without proper sanction and told the CBI that if the required documents were not filed by November 26, the next day of the hearing, the court may take appropriate action. Also Read - Yes Bank: Chidambaram Links Crisis With Note Ban, Raises 5 Questions
“You (CBI) should not have filed the charge sheet. It is only increasing the pendency of the court. A lot of time of the court has been wasted due to this,” Special Judge OP Saini said. Chidambaram’s name is among those against whom sanction for prosecution from authorities concerned was awaited.
The ED had filed a charge sheet against Karti and others for the alleged offence of money-laundering. The CBI had filed the charge sheet for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy under the IPC, public servant taking illegal gratification, punishment for abetting this offence and public servant committing criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The agency has alleged that when foreign investment in Aircel by Malaysian telecom major Maxis was cleared by the finance ministry in March 13, 2006, a payment of Rs 26 lakh was made by Aircel to Chennai-based Advantage Strategic Consulting, officials said.