New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a chargesheet against former finance minister P Chidambaram and eight others in the Aircel-Maxis case. A total of nine have been named in the case, including Chidambaram, S. Bhaskaraman and four Maxis companies.

This is the second chargesheet being filed by the ED in the Aircel-Maxis Case. It mentions illegal Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval by Chidambaram. CBI Special Judge OP Saini fixed November 26 for consideration of the chargesheet. Both Chidambaram and Karti have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI and the ED.

A Delhi Court had earlier granted interim protection from arrest to P Chidambaram till August 7, in the Aircel Maxis case. Former finance minister P Chidambaram had filed a fresh anticipatory bail plea in Delhi’s Patiala House Court in the money laundering case. On July 10, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed a detailed reply in the case and opposed Chidambaram’s previous anticipatory bail.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on July 19 filed a fresh charge-sheet in the Aircel-Maxis case in a Delhi Court against 18 accused, including Chidambaram, his son, Karti, and select government officials (serving and retired).

In its new charge-sheet, the CBI said that two sets of money trails were discovered regarding Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance.

The Aircel-Maxis deal case, which emerged out of 2G spectrum cases, pertains to an FIPB clearance, granted to firm M/S Global Communication Holding Services Ltd for investment in Aircel.

The ED had earlier said that the FIPB approval granted in 2006 by Chidambaram was beyond his mandate as he was only authorised to accord approval on project proposals up to Rs 600 crore.

(With Agency Inputs).