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Aircel-Maxis case: Karti Chidambaram moves SC against CBI summons

Aircel-Maxis deal refers to a series of allegations of kickbacks in the telecom sector, which was part of the wider 2G scam that engulfed the UPA regime

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, waves as he arrives at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarter in New Delhi on Wednesday in connection with INX Media case. (Photo: PTI)
File photo of Karti Chidambaram

Former minister P Chidambaram's son Karti on Wednesday moved the Supreme against the summons issued by the (CBI) in connection with Aircel-Maxis case.

On September 27, the had summoned Karti to appear before it on October 4.

Earlier, the (ED) had attached assets, accounts and fixed worth Rs 90 lakh of Karti, in connection with the case.

During the investigation, the ED found that Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval given by P in Aircel-Maxis deal was beyond his mandate.

The enforcement agency, in its investigation, also found that the amount for the FIPB approval was wrongly projected to conceal the facts.

It also found that the company promoted by Karti and his cousin allegedly received two lakh dollars from Maxis Group in the guise of software consultancy.

Earlier on September 14, Karti denied appearing before the in the case, stating that a special had discharged all the accused and terminated the proceedings in the matter.

The CBI, however, clarified that the investigation in the matter is still underway.

Karti wrote to the CBI, stating that as per the notice issued on February 2, 2017, the investigation agency does not have any jurisdiction to issue a summons to him.

The Aircel-Maxis deal refers to a series of allegations of kickbacks in the telecom sector, which was part of the wider 2G scam that engulfed the UPA regime.

In 2011, former Aircel head C Sivasankaran complained to the 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.

Earlier in February, Dayanidhi Maran and the others accused in the Aircel-Maxis case were discharged by a special

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader had alleged that in 2006 a company controlled by Karti received a five per cent share of Aircel to get part of Rs. 4,000 crore, paid by Maxis for a 74 per cent stake in Aircel.

According to Swamy, P. withheld the FIPB clearance till the five per cent was paid to Karti.

First Published: Wed, October 04 2017. 13:30 IST
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