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Chidambaram, Karti get protection from arrest till Aug 7; ED opposes bail plea

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A city court today ordered that former union P and his son would not be arrested in the Aircel-Maxis deal related case till August 7, even as the opposed the former's anticipatory plea.

The ED opposed the application before O P Saini in its written submission and sought time to argue the matter.

Following this, the court extended the interim protection from arrest granted to

and till August 7 following a request made by their counsel, senior advocates and

The ED, through its special public prosecutors senior and advocates N K Matta and Nitesh Rana, said a strong prima facie case has emerged showing the involvement of the former ... (and a) larger conspiracy is unfolding

from the investigation conducted so far.

Alleging that has been "evasive" in his replies, the ED said the "investigation is being carried out on the circumstances in which the said FIPB approval was granted by the applicant, the then Finance Minister, as well as other related issues.

The agency, in its reply moved through A R Aditya, said it has reached to a bonafide conclusion that under anticipatory bail, it will not be possible to reach the truth.

Last week, the court had allowed the ED to place on record voluminous documents running into around 3,600 pages in support of its charge sheet against in the Aircel-Maxis case.

The court will decide on whether to take cognisance of the charge sheet against Karti on July 31.

The ED has also mentioned the name of former union Chidambaram at various places in the charge sheet. However, he has not been arrayed as an accused in the probe report.

Besides Karti, the agency has also named and its directors and Ravi Viswanathan, and Chess Management and its in the charge sheet filed on June 13 under section 4 (punishment for money laundering) of the Prevention of Act.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 13:00 IST