As the long arm of law is about to catch the former Finance & Home Minister, P Chidambaram has landed in Supreme Court with an unsolicited affidavit with “claims” of his innocence in Aircel-Maxis and INX Media bribe cases. In his eleven-page suo moto filed affidavit, Chidambaram cleverly tries to put the onus on top Finance Ministry officials and pretends that he was unaware of anything and simply signed the files of dubious Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearances.
The Supreme Court (SC) has not considered his affidavit till date in the case involving his son Karti. Chidambaram filed this affidavit in the case where the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed an appeal in blocking son Karti’s foreign trips. He cleverly avoided filing this affidavit in the case filed by Subramanian Swamy before the 2G Bench with details of father’s illegalities and son’s bribe-taking after father approved the dubious foreign investment approval in Aircel-Maxis scam.
Claiming that the Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government is vindictive against him and his family, Chidambaram unabashedly tried to put the burden on top Finance Ministry officials. “Since the NDA Government came to power, the Central Government has been carrying on a politically motivated vendetta against my family and especially my son who is the first respondent herein,” said Chidambaram, accusing the “hardships” created by CBI, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax Department (ITD).
Playing these kinds of tricks like filing unsolicited affidavits is not new for Chidambaram. A few months ago in Madras High Court too, he played a similar trick and it was not considered by the Judges. Here Chidambaram is clearly misusing his position as a Senior Advocate title given by the Supreme Court. In his unsolicited petition, he reminds several times that he is a Senior Advocate title holder of Supreme Court.
Chidambaram tries several times to pass the burden onto former senior Finance Ministry officials such as Ashok Jha, Rakesh Mohan, D Subba Rao, Ashok Chawla and Arvind Mayaram for approving the dubious FIPB clearances in Aircel Maxis Scam and INX Media bribe cases. This should put the fear of God in the Finance Ministry Officials. It is as if they are being told, “Working for Chidambaram can be injurious to your health!”
While terming the approval of Aircel-Maxis deal as a normal transaction, Chidambaram evaded why the reason for not sending the file to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), which was mandated as per the rules. He also tried to combine his case with Maran brothers Discharge from CBI case, which is now pending before Delhi High Court after the CBI challenged the trial court’s Order.
“I may add that, having regard to the above, I did not imagine that a routine act of granting approval to a recommendation of the FIPB placed before me by the FIPB would be subject to a motivated investigation by the various arms of the Government,” said Chidambaram, trying to pretend innocence in the dubious approval of Aircel-Maxis scam.
The 11-page affidavit of P Chidambaram is published below: