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Karti refuses to appear before CBI in Aircel Maxis case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Karti Chidambaram today refused to appear before the in the Aircel Maxis case saying a special had discharged all the accused and terminated proceedings in the matter, a claim strongly contradicted by the which said that the investigation was still on. 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 was the Minister. Karti, through his lawyer, has refused to appear before the agency saying a special had discharged "all the accused" in the matter. "All proceedings connected with the said (case)... Were also terminated," the response said. "The response has been received by the today at 10.30 am through a courier service. The response has also been sent through fax and email," Karti's lawyer Arun Natarajan told PTI on phone. The response said after the discharge of the accused and "termination" of the proceedings, the will not have jurisdiction to issue a summons in connection with the case. The strongly contradicted claims of Karti saying only four, including two companies, of the eight charge sheeted accused were discharged by the special and the agency has already filed an appeal against the order in the Delhi High in May this year. "FIR RC-22(A)/2011-DLI has not been quashed by the and further investigation under 173(8) of the CrPC is continuing," Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said here today. He said two Malaysian nationals and two Malaysian companies who were charge sheeted by the in the matter did not appear before the special and warrants were issued against the individuals. "proceedings are still pending.

Request has been placed before the Interpol for issuance of Red Notices against the two Malaysian national," Dayal said. The sources said all the options are open before them in the matter. They said that examination also gives suspects a chance to put forth their case before the agency. The investigation into alleged irregularities in granting foreign investment approval to Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd for investment in Aircel is still going on, the sources said. They said the agency is also looking into investments made by firms controlled by Karti Chidambaram into Aircel while the FIPB clearance issue was under the consideration of the Ministry. In August 2014, the had charge sheeted former Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi, Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Malaysian national Ralph Marshall and four firms-- Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd, South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd, Maxis Communication Berhad and ASTRO All Asia Network PLC. In an order on February 2 this year, the special had discharged Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi, Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd and South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd saying the charges were without any "legal basis". The order, however, did not have any effect on the two accused Malaysian nationals--Ralph Marshall and T Ananda Krishnan--in the CBI's case as the has already segregated the proceedings against them from that of Maran brothers and others. Both had not appeared before the The had challenged the order of discharge in the Delhi High on May 11 this year. P Chidambaram, in a statement in 2014, had dismissed the allegations against him saying the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance was granted in due course.

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First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 19:07 IST