New Delhi: In a major relief to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case, the Patiala House Court on Thursday extended their interim protection till November 26, said ANI. The CBI is going to file its reply in court today. The court was hearing anticipatory bail pleas of the father-son duo seeking protection from arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The next date of hearing has been fixed for Nov 26. Also Read - Supreme Court Allows Karti Chidambaram to Travel Abroad But He Has To Pay Rs 2 Crore
The court also heard a plea filed by the ED seeking cancellation of interim relief granted to the two. The case, which emerged out of the 2G spectrum cases, pertains to a grant by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to firm M/S Global Communication Holding Services Ltd for investment in Aircel. Also Read - Sitharaman Deceived Poor, Working Class, Migrants, Farmers: P Chidambaram on Budget 2021
The FIPB approval was allegedly granted in the year 2006 when Chidambaram was the finance minister under the UPA-I government. Also Read - Who Will Take Over UPA Reins? Amid Speculations, Sharad Pawar Says no Time or Interest to be Alliance's Chairperson
On Wednesday, the ED had opposed Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea and sought his custodial interrogation. The ED, which filed its response to the anticipatory bail plea of Chidambaram, said that he has remained evasive and was not cooperating in the probe and therefore grant of anticipatory bail at this stage would be highly detrimental to the investigation.
“From the conduct of the petitioner, which gets amply demonstrated from the records available, the investigating agency has reached a bonafide conclusion that in the absence of custodial interrogation it will not be possible to reach the truth of the allegations as the petitioner has chosen to be evasive and non-cooperative,” the agency had said in its reply opposing the anticipatory bail plea.