Noose tightens around corrupt Chidambaram family. CBI gets Sanction for Prosecution in Aircel-Maxis

While approvals from the Finance Ministry have been late, the wheels of law are moving again against the Chidambaram family

While approvals from the Finance Ministry have been late, the wheels of law are moving again against the Chidambaram family
While approvals from the Finance Ministry have been late, the wheels of law are moving again against the Chidambaram family

Nalini Chidambaram Chargesheeted on Saradha Scam

At last, after more than six months a busy Finance Minister Arun Jaitley found time to give Sanction for Prosecution of five officers, co-accused with tainted corrupt former Finance Minister P Chidambaram.  One of the accused, former Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla, who is currently heading the National Stock Exchange (NSE) resigned, hours after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers provided Sanction for Prosecution to 2G Court Judge O P Saini, who was for the past six months warning the agency.

…the Finance Ministry has not yet provided Sanction for Prosecution to CBI in INX Media FIPB illegal clearance case. CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have questioned Chidambaram and Karti several times and are waiting to file the Chargesheet, after getting Sanction for Prosecution against co-accused officials in the FIPB.

Friday (January 11) was a bad day for the Chidambaram family. Nalini, the wife of P Chidambaram, was also chargesheeted by the CBI in Saradha Chit Fund scam for accepting a bribe of Rs.1.4 crores from the Chit fund owner Sudipta Sen. Nalini, who is also a holding Senior Advocate title from the Supreme Court like her husband Chidambaram, was trying every which legal way for the past three years to block the agency from taking her statement, a basic pre-condition for Chargesheeting. She is chargesheeted in by CBI in Kolkata court which will make her a frequent flier to the eastern part of the country.

Even her friends from the community staged protests once asking as to how an advocate can be fixed for accepting fees. But facts state otherwise. Nalini accepted money from the opposite party, while forcing the opposite party (chit fund owner) to buy the firm owned by her client Manoranjana Sinh, who is already chargesheeted and out on bail now after months’ long imprisonment[1].

The chargesheet, which was filed in the special CBI court in the Barasat court in Kolkata, has alleged that Nalini “entered into a criminal conspiracy with Sudipta Sen, the proprietor of the Saradha group, and other accused persons with an intention of cheating and misappropriation of funds of the Saradha group of companies,” a CBI spokesperson in New Delhi said.

The CBI alleged that Manoranjana Sinh, now estranged wife of former Union minister Matang Sinh, introduced Sen to Nalini Chidambaram to manage probes by various agencies like the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Registrar of Companies (RoC) against him for which she allegedly received Rs 1.4 crores during 2010-12 through his companies. This clearly shows that Nalini was misusing her husband Chidambaram’s position as Finance and Home Minister from 2004 to 2014.

In this chargesheet, Anubhuti Printers and Publications Private Limited and Sen are co-accused along with Nalini Chidambaram, who could not be reached for a comment.

Nalini is also facing a probe in Chennai for grabbing a hotel from a businessman Kathirvel using Indian Overseas Bank’s corrupt officers. Delhi High Court had recently told CBI to finish the probe on this regard. Kathrivel in his petition produced conversations with Nalini and also documents related to Chidambaram’s intervention. CBI’s Chennai Unit has not yet finished the probe to register the First Information Report (FIR)[2].

At present tainted Chidambaram and family members are facing 10 cases[3]. PGurus has been consistently exposing the frauds and corruptions of Chidambaram and his family.

Aircel-Maxis case

In the Aircel-Maxis case, apart from Chidambaram and son, five Finance Minister Officials were chargesheeted for the illegal Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance. Apart from Ashok Chawla, former Finance Secretary Ashok Jha and two serving IAS officers Kumar Sanjay Krishnan (Assam Cadre), Deepak Kumar Singh (Bihar cadre) and retired Under Secretary Ram Sharan are the accused in the case along with Malaysian firm Maxis owners T Ananda Krishnan and Ralph Marshall.

CBI applied for Sanction for Prosecution around the second week of July and for the past six months the file was pending in the Finance Ministry headed by Arun Jaitley, who is a close buddy of Chidambaram. As per the law, the Sanction for Prosecution requests must be decided within three months. It is intriguing that Arun Jaitley, who himself is a lawyer delayed this illegally. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who is the petitioner in the Aircel-Maxis scam many times complained to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “unexplainable delays from Jaitley’s side.” Due to this delay, the trial has already been delayed by six months in the Aircel-Maxis case.

Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry has not yet provided Sanction for Prosecution to CBI in INX Media FIPB illegal clearance case. CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have questioned Chidambaram and Karti several times and are waiting to file the Chargesheet, after getting Sanction for Prosecution against co-accused officials in the FIPB. ED had already attached Rs.55 crores worth (market value expected to be more than 200 crores) properties of Karti and his firms in Delhi, Ooty, London, Spain etc.

References:

[1] Rise and Fall of Indrani and ManoranjanaApr 19, 2016, PGurus.com

[2] CBI registers Preliminary Enquiry against Chidambaram family in hotel grabbing caseDec 8, 2017, PGurus.com

[3] Now Ten cases against Chidambaram family. What is CBI, ED, CBDT & Delhi Police doing? Time for PM to interveneDec 11, 2017, PGurus.com

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7 COMMENTS

  1. My problem is that try as I can with mercilessly racking my brain, I am unable to divine what motivates these persons to amass such wealth for which they certainly have no need and even 7 generations cannot use up.

  2. The fault lies with Modi for giving a free hand to Arun Jaitley. While Modi has done well in international relationship and diplomacy issues for India, he has failed to arrest the TOP Corrupt Bureaucrats and Netas, his Key Poll promise. None in the BJP Executive or from the RSS HQ can question Modi and Arun Jaitley. Appointments of Hasmukh Adhia [in the FM], Rakesh Asthana [within CBI] have caused flutters with no clear end results but more confusion and chaos. In the end, P. Chidambaram-Sonia gangs are out. They keep maiming and taunting the BJP. RSS and BJP foot soldiers at the ground level face the music and the onus for the failure rests squarely on the shoulders of Modi and Arun Jaitley.

  3. Why “permission” is required to prosecute retired or Ex-ministers who presided over mega scams at the back drop of police slapping fine or a penalty on the spot if, a common man violates road safety rules? This NDA government did very little on mega scams. NDA govt is enjoying Dr.S.Swamy’s successful cases on mega scams. Modi and AJ are not sincere sending corrupt crooks to jail early during their tenure.Last minute rush is being created to show their sincerity!!

  4. Sir, frequently we read that in such cases conviction can be obtained only if prosecution is able to produce evidence of quid pro quo money payment evidence. Otherwise all this may at best be good effort, but will not result in conviction

  5. What is there to “sanction” to prosecute corrupt politicians/buearucrats? Do we need some other approval to sanction this ‘sanction’ as well? Is this some kind of sick joke? Why can’t CBI just go ahead and investigate?
    Looks like these hoops and jumps have been made to make fool of public. This does not make sense.
    These complicated tricks are there just make public ‘Chu%@$#tya Banav’.

  6. Congrats to Subramanian Swamy. Crooks in his BJP party will always steal credits due to him. He alone fought in Chidambaram cases. See how BJP Govt delayed the cases, which came to power in May 2014. By this time, if acted in 2014 – these crooked family members would have been in Jail – if cases were fast tracked. NONE in BJP – except Swamy – had guts to take on Chidambaram or Sonia who knew too much. Modi speaks in public rallies BIG. But no action in real. See we are now in Jan 2019. How many days left for election. Hardly 150 days. These should have happened in 2015 maximum. I must say Modi is responsible for this delays. He is a PRISONER of Jaitley, the most crooked person

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