Aircel-Maxis case: Chidambaram accuses ED Of ‘Witch-Hunt’


New Delhi, July 11: Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram today said the Enforcement Directorate is on a witch-hunt and the allegations in Aircel-Maxis case will be answered in the court.

“In the Aircel-Maxis case, there is no FIR mentioning a scheduled offence and no public servant has been named. ED is on a witch-hunt and the allegations will be answered in Court”, he tweeted.

The Patiala House Court on Tuesday extended the interim protection granted to former union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram till August 7, 2018, in the case.

The ED has filed a detailed reply in the Aircel-Maxis deal and opposed the anticipatory bail granted to P Chidambaram.

Chidambaram had on May 30 moved the court seeking protection from arrest in the case, saying all evidence in the matter appears to be documentary in nature which is already in the possession of the incumbent government and nothing was to be recovered from him.

The Central Bureau of Investigation and the ED are investigating how Karti Chidambaram allegedly managed to get a clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in the Aircel-Maxis deal when his father was the Union Finance Minister in 2006.

The ED, in September 2017, had attached Rs 1.16 crore worth of assets of Karti Chidambaram, who is being probed for allegedly receiving kickbacks in lieu of the FIPB clearance.

The probe agency in its detailed reply said,”P Chidambaram is evasive in his replies to why the total foreign inflow to the tune of US $ 800 million was approved by him on March 13, 2016 deliberately and intentionally without raising any objection.”

The agency told the court that it may file a supplementary charge sheet in the case.

The ED is probing the Aircel-Maxis deal under the PMLA after taking cognisance of a 2011 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) complaint in the case.



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