Aircel Maxis Case: Patiala House extends interim protection of P. Chidambaram, Karti till Nov 26

New Delhi: Former Union minister P Chidambaram leaves the Patiala High Courts= after a hearing in the INX media case, in New Delhi, Thursday, Oct 25, 2018. The Delhi High Court has extended interim protection to former Union minister P Chidambaram in the INX media case till November 29. (PTI Photo) (PTI10_25_2018_000057B)

By Yatamanyu Narain

New Delhi:  Patiala House extended interim protection of P. Chidambaram and son Karti Chidambaram till November 26 in connection with Aircel Maxis  money laundering case on Thursday. The case was filed by Enforcement Directorate(ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Aircel Maxis controversy has its roots in the 2G spectrum scam case when the Supreme Court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate Dayanidhi Maran, the telecom minister before A Raja. Maran had to resign from the Union cabinet in April 2011.

The ED had accused the then Finance Minister P. Chidabaram for providing FIPB approval to Global Communications and Service Holdings Ltd, a Mauritius based company in 2006. It had claimed that the company had proposed to invest Rs 3,560 crores, while the then FM was eligible to approve investment proposals of up to Rs 600 crore.

The court had on October 8 extended till November 1 the interim protection to Chidambaram and his son, and scheduled the hearing for today. The ED had opposed Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea and sought custodial interrogation. It alleged that the former union minister was not co-operating in the investigation and provision of bail will hamper the progress of the case.

The Supreme Court has also refused to give urgent hearing on Karti Chidambaram’s request to travel aboard from November 3.

“Karti Chidambaram going abroad is not so important that it will get precedent over other (cases),” the bench, also comprising Justices U U Lalit and K M Jospeh said. Declining urgent hearing, the top court observed that judges have more cases “than they can handle”.