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Aircel Maxis Case: Enforcement Directorate files fresh chargesheet against Karti Chidambaram

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Karti was arrested on February 28 at the Chennai airport upon his return from the United Kingdom, for his alleged role in the Aircel-Maxis case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

The chargesheet was filed before a Delhi court which has listed the matter for further hearing on July 4.

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The probe agency has charged Karti Chidambaram under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002.

Karti was arrested on February 28 at the Chennai airport upon his return from the United Kingdom, for his alleged role in the case. On May 2, a special court here extended till July 10 the interim protection against arrest granted to him in the case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation and the ED are investigating Karti Chidambaram’s alleged role in getting Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance in the Aircel-Maxis deal when his P Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister in 2006.

Karti is also an accused in the INX Media case wherein he has been charged with receiving irregular FIPB clearance for investments up to Rs 305 crore.

The ED had earlier said that the FIPB approval granted in 2006 by Chidambaram was beyond his mandate as he was only authorised to accord approval on project proposals up to Rs 600 crore. 

On June 12, P Chidambaram appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for the second time for a fresh round of questioning pertaining to the alleged money laundering in the case. 

The former finance minister has been given protection from arrest by the ED till July 10 by the Patiala House Court. 

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