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CBI Summons Karti Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis Case

CBI Summons Karti Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis Case

The agency had called Karti for questioning today in connection with the foreign investment clearance given in 2006 in the Aircel-Maxis deal when his father P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister.

"Repeated persecution and scurrilous witch hunt of the family of senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case by the BJP government and CBI-ED have crossed all proportions in complete negation of the facts", he added.

Karti Chidambaram refused to appear before the CBI in the Aircel-Maxis case, his lawyer said.

Karti Chidambaram on Thursday wrote to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), saying he has nothing to add to his previous statement made in November 2014.

On Wednesday, the CBI had summoned Karti in connection with a money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal. However, Karti refused to appear and said all the accused and terminated proceedings in the matter had been discharged by a special court, a claim strongly contradicted by the CBI which maintains that the investigation was still on. Karti Chidambaram is accused of facilitating bribes in the Aircel-Maxis transaction. (This amounts to approx Rs 5,127 crore, according to existing conversion rates).

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Though it was the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), headed by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which was competent to grant the approval, however, it was cleared by the then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

"Tragically, CBI, ED (Enforcement Directorate) and other investigating agencies have become the captive puppets in government's disgraceful mal-intent to oppress, hound and intimidate its opponents".

Sivasankaran complained to the CBI that he was being forced by then telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran to sell Aircel to the Malaysia-based Maxis Communications group owned by T. Ananda Krishnan.

Former Finance Minister, P Chidambaram, who was examined by the agency in connection with the case in 2014, had issued a statement this year, mentioned that the FIPB approval was granted in the "normal course of business".

They "apply the rules/guidelines" and submit each case to the CCEA or the finance minister depending upon the value of the investment, he had added.


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