NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Monday extended till March 8 the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis scam cases filed by the CBI and the ED.Enforcement Directorate told Special Judge OP Saini that Karti has been asked by the agency to appear before it on March 5, 6, 7 and 12 for questioning in these cases. The ED said Karti was appearing before the agency as per the Supreme Court’s directions.
Last month, the apex court had asked Karti to appear before the ED on March 5, 6, 7 and 12 for questioning in connection with the INX Media and Aircel Maxis cases. Chidambaram senior, who was present in the court, opposed the ED’s request to adjourn the matter, saying it was delaying the case. At this, the counsels for Chidambarams, senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, requested to extend the protection granted to them, which was allowed by the court.
The case relates to alleged irregularities in grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval in the Aircel-Maxis deal. The CBI had earlier informed the court that the Centre had granted sanction to prosecute five people, including serving and former bureaucrats and the Chidambarams.