Government provides Sanction to CBI to prosecute former corrupt Finance Minister Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case

    Custodial interrogation is required since various new materials have surfaced after the filing of the charge sheet

    Government provides Sanction to CBI to prosecute former corrupt Finance Minister Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case
    Government provides Sanction to CBI to prosecute former corrupt Finance Minister Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case

    CBI and ED also demanded the custodial interrogation of Chidambaram and son Karti, seeking the cancellation of anticipatory bail

    The Centre on Monday granted sanction to CBI to prosecute former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case. Producing the sanction for prosecution before the 2G Court Judge OP Saini, Special Public Prosecutor and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta requested the court that they need “some more time” to produce the sanction for prosecution against Chidambaram’s co-accused five officers.

    There are 18 accused in the case. Besides Chidambaram, the sanction is required for the prosecution of five public servants

    CBI and ED also demanded the custodial interrogation of Chidambaram and son Karti, seeking the cancellation of anticipatory bail. Chidambaram was present in the court and represented by Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Singhvi, who objected to the demand of the agencies. The Court posted the matter for further hearings on December 18. Mehta reiterated that agencies got new documents and wanted custodial interrogation of father and son alleging their evasive nature in responding to the questions.

    There are 18 accused in the case. Besides Chidambaram, the sanction is required for the prosecution of five public servants, as per the recently amended Prevention of Corruption Act.  CBI’s request for sanction is pending in the Finance Ministry. Former Finance Secretaries Ashok Jha and Ashok Chawla and two serving IAS officers Kumar Sanjay Krishnan, Deepak Kumar Singh and Ram Saran then Under Secretary in FIPB are the co-accused with Chidambaram.

    Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted on behalf of the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) that “the competent authority in the central government has accorded sanction for prosecution of accused P Chidambaram under section 197 of CrPC and section 19 of Prevention of Corruption Act”.

    Custodial interrogation is required since various new materials have surfaced after filing of the charge sheet

    “Sanction for prosecution in respect of remaining accused public servants (five) are still awaited,” he said, seeking two more weeks to get the nod. The CBI said that the court’s refusal to grant more time to obtain the sanction for other accused “in a matter pertaining to such serious offences, may frustrate the cause of justice”.

    It further said: “In view of the facts and circumstances stated above, it is most humbly and respectfully prayed that the prosecution sanction received from the competent authority in the central government in respect of accused P Chidambaram may kindly be taken on record and a further time may be given to file sanction for prosecution in respect of remaining accused public servants.”

    On behalf of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a related money laundering case, Mehta orally told the court that the accused “misled the agency and made a false statement. He suppressed information about the bank accounts in other countries and the money received from various sources.”

    “Custodial interrogation is required since various new materials have surfaced after filing of the charge sheet,” the ED, also represented by special public prosecutors N K Matta and Nitesh Rana, said. CBI has filed charge sheet on July 19.

    Malaysian firm Maxis owner T Ananda Krishnan and his CEO Ralph Marshall,  Aircel CEO V Sreenivasan and Chidambaram family’s Chartered Accountant S Bhaskarraman are the other accused in the Aircel-Maxis case.

    Karti controlled firms Advantage Strategic Consulting and Chess Management Services are also accused by the CBI of receiving around two million dollars from Maxis and its subsidiaries after father Chidambaram’s “illegal and dubious” FIPB approval. Maxis Group’s four companies Astro All Asia, Maxis Mobile SDM, Bumi Armada Berhad and Bumi Armada Navigation Berhad are also accused of transferring kickback money and lobbying to get “illegal” FIPB clearance.

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    12 COMMENTS

    1. Showing the carrot on a stick to the voters in an expectation that they will follow hoping that some day they will get the carrot. Fooling all the people all the time. That’s all. No real intention to bring finality and closure. I don’t think anything is going to come out of this. Court will close for winter holidays and Modi will dish out the usual stuff like blaming the congress for scaring the judges etc., to hide his own inefficiency. The first and colossal mistake Modi did was to induct Jaitley to the cabinet and offering him the all-important Finance Ministry.

      Ultimately all politicians are united against the common man. All of Dr. Subramanian Swamy’s best efforts seem to be thwarted by the Government.

    2. Nothing will come out of this. Can anyone explain why the central giver choose to consider the cases of allowing prosecution in isolation for Chidambaram and the five officers. Is it not logical that the case to allow interrogation for all 6 of them be taken at the same time. Buying time. Giving a sense of hopes which is the best Indian polity is ever entitled to. The intent is never there

      • Look back and ask yourself how far the Govt. has come in prosecuting the corrupt. These are edifices built over decades – have to be dismantled brick by brick.

    3. What is the reason for holding the sanction to prosecute the five rascals?

      Who is responsible for delaying / deferring the sanction?

      When CBI / ED claim further evidences of ‘illegal Banking transactions’ have surfaced, why did this unscrupulous Judge continue to conduct the trial without waiting for the absurdity called ‘sanction’

      I strongly suspect the Mafia Gang is preparing the Judge Saini to quash the case.

      Judge Saini is in the payroll of the UPA Mafia

      ALL THIS TALK OF GIVING SANCTION TO PROSECUTE CHIDAMBARAM IS JUST A WELL ORCHESTRATED DRAMA

      I am sure, after a few adjournments, this rascal Saini will quash the FIR citing ‘absence of sanction’ to prosecute the Officials

    4. Narendra Modi’s PMO gave Sanction to Prosecute Chidambaram. Very Good, though delayed much. Why the hell Finance Minister crooked Arun Jaitley is delaying the sanction to prosecute five officers? This fraud is committed by Jaitley to delay the case and save his corrupt buddy Chidambaram. Modi should rap the knuckles of Jaitley for this fraud. Jaitley should be handled by BJP karyakartas and RSS for protecting Chidambaram. Jaitley is interested in how to take action against that honest ED Officer Rajeshwar Singh, who boldly acted against Chidambaram and exposed assets in many countries. PM must order Jaitley to provide sanction for prosecution against five officers worked in FIPB well before next hearing December 18.

      Congratulations to Subramanian Swamy for fixing the crooked Chidambaram. I must reiterate, Jailtey should be manhandled by BJP Karyakartas & RSS for his dubious activities to protect Chidambaram.

      • A very good suggestion. The BJP Karyakartas and RSS members must show their mettle in forcing the outcome for the betterment of India.

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