New Delhi: On Friday, a Delhi court adjourned Aircel-Maxis case, involving former Union minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram, sine die, noting that the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) were seeking repeated adjournments. Special Judge O.P. Saini adjourned the matter with no further hearing date, saying that the prosecution may approach the court as and when the probe is complete.
The court, on Thursday, had granted anticipatory bail to Chidambarams in the corruption case filed by the CBI as well as the money laundering matter lodged by the ED in relation to the Aircel-Maxis deal.
The matter was listed for arguments on the cognisance of chargesheet in the case. However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Special Public Prosecutor Nitesh Rana, appearing for the CBI and the ED respectively, sought adjournment on the ground that response to Letters Rogatory (LRs) was awaited. The agencies requested the court to adjourn the matter for the first week in October.
In response, the court had said, “Prosecution seeking date after dates. Matter deferred sine die. Prosecution asked to approach the Court as and when the investigation is complete and as and when they receive Letters Rogatory from various countries.”
CBI and the ED are probing how Karti Chidambaram received clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was the finance minister. CBI and the ED had alleged that the Congress leader, as finance minister during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, granted approval to the deal beyond his capacity which benefitted certain persons, and received kickbacks.