CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has refused to quash the proceedings of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited in Nandanam in Chennai and 26 other companies, alleged to have had involvement in the 2G spectrum scam, in which Karti, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, is said to have ‘direct interest’.
The investigation carried on by the ED is seized of by the Supreme Court and the progress of the same is being periodically monitored by it. The Special Court constituted to deal with 2G Spectrum case or Aircel Maxis case has granted permission to carry out further investigation, which would empower the authorities concerned to file supplementary charge-sheet, as contemplated under Sec.173 (8) of CrPC.
“In such circumstances, this court is not inclined to entertain these writ petitions and they only deserve to be dismissed,” Justice B Rajendran has observed. The judge was dismissing a batch of 10 writ petitions from Advantage Strategic, represented by its director Ravi Viswanathan, and other companies and their directors.
Of the 10, one was filed by Karti to quash the summons dated August 19 last, issued by the Enforcement Directorate under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. His main contention was that the summons lacked jurisdiction on the part of the ED to direct him to appear in person on August 31 and to produce certain records.