The Enforcement Directorate (ED) asked tainted former Finance Minister P Chidambaram (PC) to appear for interrogation on June 12 again after his evasive replies to the seven hours of questioning on Tuesday (June 5) in Aircel-Maxis probe. Chidambaram who landed the ED office around 11 AM tried to put blame on senior officials for approving the dubious Rs.4700 crores worth illegal clearance to Maxis to take over the now defunct Aircel in 2006. His son Karti caught for accepting two million dollars from three subsidiaries of Malaysian giant Maxis and ED has recently attached the bank accounts worth more than Rs.1.5 crores.
According to media reports, Chidambaram even lied to the ED officers that he was not actually aware of the value of the transaction and simply signed on files vetted by them. Coming out from the ED office after 7 PM, the rattled Chidambaram even tweeted wondering that there was no FIR against him and why ED was investigating him. It is a surprise in the legal circles as to how a Senior Lawyer can tweet such things that are legally incorrect.
“All answers I gave to ED were already recorded in govt documents” related to Aircel-Maxis deal. “There is no FIR and no offence is alleged, yet there is a probe,” tweeted rattled PC, who had no valid answers to ED’s investigators.
Earlier in the morning by 10 AM, Chidambaram’s lawyers led by Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi argued for anticipatory bail. ED counsel said that they need time to reply on Chidambaram’s petition. Special Judge O P Saini posted the case to July 10, directing that the agency should not take coercive action till that date.
On Wednesday (June 6), Chidambaram is expected to appear before the CBI in connection with INX Media probe. Both agencies are expected to soon charge sheet Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis and INX Media case along with his son. In INX Media case, the bribe givers Peter and Indrani Mukerjea have already deposed that on Chidambaram’s direction they have paid around Rs. Five crores to Karti in mid 2007.
 Aircel-Maxis Scam: Panicky Chidambaram tries to put the blame on officers – Apr 6, 2017, PGurus.com
 INX Media case – CBI & ED to arrest bribe giver Indrani. Why not arrest the bribe taker Karti? Feb 3, 2018, PGurus.com
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