A Delhi court today extended till October 8 the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in Aircel-Maxis cases filed by the CBI and the ED for the alleged offences of corruption and money laundering respectively.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini allowed the applications moved by both the agencies seeking time to file a detailed reply to the anticipatory bail applications moved by senior advocate 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 leading counsel 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.
Karti 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.
The CBI is probing how Chidambaram, who was the Union finance minister in 2006, granted a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to a foreign firm, when only the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was empowered to do it.
In its charge sheet filed earlier in the case against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran 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 money laundering in the matter.
Both Chidambaram and Karti have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI and the ED.
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