Aircel-Maxis case: Karti gets protection from arrest

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Aircel-Maxis case: Court extends interim protection from arrest to Karti

A Delhi court on Tuesday granted Congress leader and businessman Karti Chidambaram interim protection from arrest till July 10 in two cases filed by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Aircel-Maxis case arising out of 2G spectrum cases.

Aircel-Maxis caseSpecial Judge O.P. Saini granted relief to Mr. Karti, son of senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, after the ED sought time to argue on Mr. Karti’s application seeking anticipatory bail.

“A related matter is pending before the Supreme Court and that will be taken up for hearing on July 2,” advocate Nitesh Rana, appearing for the ED, said while seeking an adjournment.

The court on April 16 granted interim relief to Karti till May 2 after considering that both the investigative agencies had sought time to file their responses to his anticipatory bail plea. Mr. Karti had filed a plea seeking protection from arrest in the Aircel-Maxis matter, in which the CBI and the ED lodged cases in 2011 and 2012.

The submission was supported by the CBI counsel who requested the court to put up the matter for the next date.

The court on April 16 granted interim relief to Karti till May 2 after considering that both the investigative agencies had sought time to file their responses to his anticipatory bail plea.

Mr. Karti had filed a plea seeking protection from arrest in the Aircel-Maxis matter, in which the CBI and the ED lodged cases in 2011 and 2012.

The matter pertains to grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to firm M/S Global Communication Holding Services Ltd. for investment in Aircel.

In September, 2015, the CBI filed its status report regarding a probe into the FIPB approvals in the case. The agency in June, 2016 also issued notice to A. Palaniappan, director of Chess Management Services, a company promoted by Mr. Karti.

-PTI, NEW DELHI, MAY 02, 2018