Chidambaram’s delay tactics are not fooling anyone
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]A[/dropcap]re they delusional? Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s family is researching new ways to try and delay the inevitable meeting of Mr. Karti Chidambaram with the officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The latest in this series is in approaching Madras High Court against the Aircel-Maxis scam related probe by the ED. Everybody knows that the 2G Scam and Aircel-Maxis scam related cases are monitored by Supreme Court’s 2G Bench and no other courts in the country can entertain petitions in this matter.
The Supreme Court has already passed orders (twice) banning all courts in the country from entertaining 2G related matters. Chidambaram’s son Karti’s company Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt. Ltd. (ASCPL), which was caught for accepting bribes in Aircel-Maxis scam, had once approached the Madras High court and lost the case. After having been rejecting by Justice B Rajendran’s Bench in January, the PC family members have once again approached Madras High Court Bench comprising Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh and Justice R M T Teeka Raman.
CBI is expected to give a detailed report to Supreme Court on May 2nd.
This curious petition was filed weeks after Enforcement Directorate had submitted a detailed report to the Supreme Court on Chidambaram and Karti’s role in Aircel-Maxis scam. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) also informed the apex court that they are probing into Chidambaram’s role in granting dubious Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to Malaysian company Maxis. CBI is expected to give a detailed report to Supreme Court on May 2nd. The ED report clearly mentioned how Chidambaram blatantly violated norms and son Karti’s Advantage Strategic Consulting Limited got around $200,000 (Two lakh dollars) from Maxis, after the father (Chidambaram) cleared files.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]A[/dropcap]fter this ED has also registered a case for Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violations against Advantage and Vasan Eye Care and also summoned Karti and his benami directors. Earlier on the rejected petition, Karti’s companies were represented by Gopal Subramanium and their main argument was that the Aircel-Maxis scam was not a 2G scam related case. But Special Pubic Prosecutor Anand Grover and Additional Solicitor General G Rajagopalan punctured the arguments of Karti linked companies and categorically stated that Madras High Court or any other court cannot entertain this case, as the matter is directly monitored by the Supreme Court. Though she did not argue, Chidambaram’s wife was Nalini present the whole time in the courtroom to tutor their advocates. Even Chidambaram made an affidavit and lied that CBI had given him a clean chit and that the ED was witch-hunting him and his son.
Nalini argued a curious point that the 2G trial court had discharged Maran brothers and hence this did not come under 2G.
This time Karti’s companies and their benami Directors were represented by none other than the mother Nalini Chidambaram. Is this due to no sensible lawyer wanting to take the case as all people in the legal fraternity are aware of Supreme Court’s landmark orders barring other courts in this case? Nalini argued a curious point that the 2G trial court had discharged Maran brothers and hence this did not come under 2G. After hearing Nalini on April 27, the Madras High had asked Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover and A S G Rajagopalan to get a clarification in this regard on June 5.
Is this another case of highly corrupt people misusing the legal system? These murky things are happening mainly because the agencies such as the CBI and ED are being pressured by people close to Chidambaram from acting quickly. Until that is rectified, people with money will continue to indulge in forum shopping in courts.
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