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Airce-Maxis: Interim protection for Chidambaram, son from arrest extended

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A today extended till October 8 the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union P and his son in Aircel-cases filed by the CBI and the ED for the alleged offences of corruption and respectively.

Special CBI O P Saini allowed the applications moved by both the agencies seeking time to file a detailed reply to the moved by senior Kapil Sibal on behalf of father-son duo in both the cases.

Both ED and the CBI, represented by advocates Nitesh Rana and K K Goel respectively, told the court that the was not available for the detailed argument and sought an adjournment, which was allowed by the court.

At this, Sibal requested the court to extend the interim protection granted to Chidambarams from arrest till the next date, which was allowed by the court.

Meanwhile, informed the court through Arshdeep Singh that he was desirous to travel abroad between August 15-31.

has already been granted permission to go abroad from the Supreme Court, which, however, had put a condition that he inform the court about his travel details.

and his son were named in the charge sheet filed by the in the case on July 19.

The ED is also probing a separate money-laundering case in the Aircel-matter and a charge sheet was filed against by the agency on July 13 through A R Aditya.

The CBI is probing how Chidambaram, who was the in 2006, granted a (FIPB) approval to a foreign firm, when only the (CCEA) was empowered to do it.

The senior leader's role has come under the scanner of investigating agencies in the Rs 3,500-crore Aircel-deal and the case involving Rs 305 crore.

In its charge sheet filed earlier in the case against former telecom Dayanidhi Maran, his brother and others, the agency had alleged that Chidambaram had granted an FIPB approval in March, 2006 to Mauritius-based Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Maxis.

The Maran brothers and the other accused named in the CBI charge sheet were discharged by the special court, which had said the agency had failed to produce any material against them to proceed with the trial.

Taking a cue from the CBI FIR, the ED is probing the in the matter.

P Chidambaram and have been questioned by the ED on various occasions, even though the has not been arrayed as an accused.

Both Chidambaram and Karti have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI and the ED.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 18:35 IST