CBI names Chidambaram, son accused in Aircel Maxis case

RSTV Bureau
File photo of former Union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram in New Delhi.  PTI

File photo of former Union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram in New Delhi.

The CBI on Thursday filed a supplementary charge sheet against Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti, naming them accused in the Aircel Maxis deal case. The charge sheet was filed before special CBI judge OP Saini, who has fixed July 31 for considering the document.

The senior Congress leader’s role had come under the scanner of investigating agencies in the Aircel-Maxis deal of Rs 3,500 crore and INX Media case involving Rs 305 crore.

It was during his tenure as the finance minister in the UPA-I government that clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) was granted to the two ventures in which alleged irregularities have been found.

Incidentally, the Congress and BJP members today sparred in the Lok Sabha after a ruling party MP Nishikant Dubey claimed that the CBI was going to chargesheet a former finance minister in a criminal case involving fugitive economic offender Vijay Mallya.

The statement evoked immediate response from Congress members with Leader of the Congress party Mallikarjun Kharge questioning as to how was he aware of the impending CBI action and said it indicated that the agency was acting in a “pre-planned” manner.

“It shows it is all pre-planned. How do you know it?… You are mentioning this. It means you get reports (from CBI),” he said intervening during Dubey’s speech on the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill.

The BJP member had said that the finance minister during the UPA government was involved in the process of banks extending loans to Mallya.

“I want to say… that the CBI is going to file a chargesheet and it will name the former finance minister,” he said, drawing vociferous protests from Congress members.

Though he did not take any names, the BJP has been attacking P Chidambaram, who was the finance minister during the UPA government, for his alleged role in the matter.

(With inputs from PTI)