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Aircel-Maxis: Delhi court grants time till May 4 to CBI, ED to complete probe

A file photo of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram briefing the media after the raid by Enforcement Directorate at the Jor Bagh residence of his son, Karti Chidambaram, in connection with money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis case, in New Delhi.

A file photo of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram briefing the media after the raid by Enforcement Directorate at the Jor Bagh residence of his son, Karti Chidambaram, in connection with money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis case, in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: V. Sudershan

The ED told Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar that Letters Rogatory (LRs) have been sent to four countries and their response were awaited.

A Delhi court on Thursday granted time till May 4 to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to complete probe in the Aircel-Maxis matter against former Union Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti.

The ED told Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar that Letters Rogatory (LRs) have been sent to four countries and their response were awaited in connection with the case.

LR are issued by courts on the request of an investigation agency when it wants information from another country.

The ED had on February 14 filed status reports of investigation in the cases and said active investigation into the matter was going on, while the CBI had stated that LR have been sent to Malaysia and the response is awaited.

The CBI status report had stated that LR have been sent to Malaysia and there were developments in the case.

The court had on January 28 “revived” the Aircel-Maxis cases filed by the CBI and the ED against Chidambaram and his son that were earlier adjourned sine die

The case was adjourned sine die — without fixing any date for hearing — on September 5 last year, with the court noting that the two probe agencies were seeking “adjournment after adjournment”.

The trial court took up the matter on its own on January 28 and sought the status report from the CBI and the ED. They, however, sought more time and the court granted them two weeks.

The court had also granted anticipatory bail to the father-son duo. It has been challenged in the Delhi High Court, which will hear the matter on March 4.

The probe agencies were investigating how Karti Chidambaram received clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was the Union finance minister.

The CBI and the ED had alleged that P. Chidambaram, as finance minister during the United Progressive Alliance rule, granted approval to the deal beyond his capacity benefitting certain persons, and received kickbacks.

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