‘Talk to me, spare my son’

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New Delhi: For­mer Union Fi­nance Min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram lashed out at the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) on Fri­day for is­su­ing sum­mons to his son Karti Chi­dambaram in con­nec­tion with an al­leged cor­rup­tion case in the Air­cel-Maxis deal in the 2G scam. The Congress leader said that the agency should ques­tion him rather than “ha­rass­ing” his son.

He said that the CBI is spread­ing “mis­in­for­ma­tion”, and it should stop do­ing so. In a se­ries of tweets, he said: “In AircelMaxis, FIPB rec­om­mended and I ap­proved min­utes. CBI should ques­tion me and not ha­rass Karti Chi­dambaram.” He fur­ther said, “Sad, CBI spread­ing mis­in­for­ma­tion. In Air­cel-Maxis, FIPB of­fi­cials have recorded state­ments be­fore CBI that ap­proval given was valid.”

The agency had sum­moned Karti to join the probe.

In re­ply, he said that there is no case made out against him, so he will not ap­pear be­fore the agency.

He cited that the spe­cial court in Delhi dis­charged in Fe­bru­ary this year for­mer Tele­com Min­is­ter Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and oth­ers in the Air­cel-Maxis deal case lodged by the CBI.

The agency is prob­ing cor­rup­tion by Ad­van­tage Strate­gic Con­sult­ing Pri­vate Lim­ited and Chess Global Ad­vi­sory Ser­vices Pvt Ltd, where Karti had been a di­rec­tor.

The En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) is also prob­ing al­leged vi­o­la­tions of the Preven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Act.

This was the first time that a no­tice had been is­sued to Karti in the case be­ing in­ves­ti­gated since 2015. The Air­cel-Maxis deal is be­ing probed by both ED and CBI, and the case is part of the over­all probe in the 2G scam case.

In 2006, Air­cel was sold to Maxis, owned by Malaysian bil­lion­aire T Ananda Kr­ish­nan. Ac­cord­ing to the CBI’s chargesheet, the Mau­ri­tius-based Global Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Ser­vices Hold­ings, a sub­sidiary of Maxis, had re­quested ap­proval for an in­vest­ment of 800 mil­lion dol­lars in Air­cel. Though a Cabi­net panel led by the Prime Min­is­ter should have signed off on the deal, the CBI al­leged, then Fi­nance Min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram uni­lat­er­ally cleared it.

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