BJP leader Subramanian Swamy urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give “appropriate direction” to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to provide Sanction for Prosecution to CBI against the five accused officers in the Aircel-Maxis case well before January 11. In his letter to PM, Swamy accused Jaitley of holding the Sanction for Prosecution against five officers for more than six months in a bid to delay prosecution and save former Finance Minister P Chidambaram ultimately.
“For the past six months, the Finance Minister has not yet provided the Sanction for Prosecution to CBI against the five officers, who are co-accused with P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case. Sanction for Prosecution against the co-accused officers in the Aircel-Maxis case, namely former Finance Secretaries Ashok Jha and Ashok Chawla, and two serving IAS officers Kumar Sanjay Krishnan and Deepak Kumar Singh, and a retired Under Secretary Ram Saran.
“This inexplicable delay by the Finance Ministry could sabotage the case against Chidambaram since the CBI designated Special Court Judge has already threatened to dismiss the case on this failure to submit the Sanctions for Prosecution,” said Swamy accusing Jaitley.
“On December 18th last, rebuking CBI, the Judge O.P. Saini has posted the case to January 11 for production of Sanction for Prosecution against the above mentioned five officers, found to be helping Chidambaram in corrupt granting of FIPB clearance in the Aircel-Maxis FDI proposal, according to CBI’s chargesheet filed on July 19,” said Swamy.
Swamy pointed out that the delays in providing Sanction for Prosecution in Aircel-Maxis, the case is hampering CBI from filing Chargehseet in the Aircel-Maxis bribery case. “This delaying attitude of the Finance Ministry is also hampering the filing of chargesheet against Chidambaram and son and same officers in another open and shut INX Media bribery case, where Enforcement Directorate had seized 55 crore worth properties of Chidambaram family in many countries,” said Swamy blaming Chidambaram’s close friend Arun Jaitley.
CBI has applied to Finance Ministry in July second week before filing chargesheet and this criminal delay of holding the CBI request for more than six months will save P. Chidambaram and son from prosecution, pointed out Swamy to Prime Minister.
“In the above circumstances, an appropriate direction from your side to Arun Jaitley is essential for issuing the sanction for prosecution of these five co-accused officers immediately,” said Swamy.
The Aircel-Maxis case is listed for January 11 for next hearing and Judge OP Saini has sternly told CBI to obtain Sanction for Prosecution against Chidambaram’s co-accused five officers. Legal experts point out that if CBI did not provide Sanction for Prosecution, the Judge can even reject or return the chargesheet in Aircel-Maxis case, where Chidambaram and son Karti are the main accused.
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