SC nixes tricks of Karti, directs him to approach the 2G Bench handling Aircel-Maxis scam probe

Is Karti trying obfuscatory tactics to stall/ delay Aircel-Maxis case?

Is Karti trying obfuscatory tactics to stall/ delay Aircel-Maxis case?
Is Karti trying obfuscatory tactics to stall/ delay Aircel-Maxis case?

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday saw through the shenanigans of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti, who was trying to change Benches in his petition on the Aircel-Maxis scam related case. Chief Justice (CJI) Dipak Misra directed Karti and his firms involved in the scam to approach the designated 2G bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, which is currently hearing the cause for delays in the Aircel-Maxis scam probe.

Today, January 11, Karti is supposed to appear before the ED in connection with the INX Media bribe case. Many a time Karti has evaded the summons and skipped appearing before the agencies.

What was Karti trying to do? Why go to the Chief Justice bench when another bench was already hearing the Aircel-Maxis scam? It is because of the main petitioner – Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. In the Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan Shantanagoudar, the main petitioner is pointing out the delays of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in fixing the “scamsters” Chidambaram and son Karti[1].

After losing the case in Madras High Court, Karti approached the SC complaining about the action of the ED for attaching his and firms’ bank accounts in the Aircel-Maxis scam. Karti’s complaints were basically against the action of ED’s Investigating Officer and Joint Director Rajeshwar Singh for attaching the bank accounts. Earlier the Registry of the Supreme Court had posted the case before the 2G bench for January. Filed by Karti’s firm Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd against the ED, Karti was trying to portray it as if the action of ED was illegal. This firm was caught for accepting around $200,000 from Maxis after Chidambaram illegally approved the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance[2].

On January 4, 2018, the 2G Bench was monitoring the probe in Aircel-Maxis case by CBI and ED and Swamy was in the forefront, attacking CBI for the inordinate delays. Fearing the worst, in the early hours of the same day, Karti linked firms’ advocates asked to tag their case along with Karti’s other petition lying before Chief Justice, seeking travel to London in connection with the Look Out Circular issued after the INX media bribe case.

But Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan Shantanagoudar did not heed the request and the case was posted on January 16 with the same Bench. On January 10, Karti’s team tried to fool the Chief Justice of India-led Bench and tried to push their petition against the ED. But the CJI saw through the ruse.

The Bench headed by the CJI categorically told Karti and firms that another bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, which is already seized of a similar case, would hear the present matter. The Special Prosecutor Anand Grover told the bench that a similar matter was listed on January 16 before the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

Both parents of Karti are designated senior lawyers of the Supreme Court and their son’s indulging in such cheap tricks should give readers an idea of their style of working with the Judiciary.

Today, January 11, Karti is supposed to appear before the ED in connection with the INX Media bribe case. Many a time Karti has evaded the summons and skipped appearing before the agencies. It is high time the agencies act and fix this law evading Chidambaram family member. The law of the land is the same for everyone.

References:

[1] CBI and ED must file investigation status report in Aircel-Maxis scam by January 23: SCJan 4, 2018, PGurus.com

[2] Raids dig up empire of PC’s sonFeb 29, 2016, Pioneer

Clarification – The 2G bench in the Supreme Court is hearing the Aircel-Maxis case as part of all 2G violations.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. You are able to doubt the integrity of the FM but seem to have great respect for Anand Grover & SC judges!! Strange! Do you think the case will survive even if taken up?

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