P Chidambaram Charged In Aircel Maxis Case, Is Accused No. 1

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New Delhi: Former union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram have been named as accused in another chargesheet filed in the Rs 3,500-crore Aircel-Maxis money-laundering case.

The senior Congress leader is accused number 1 in the chargesheet, which will be considered  by the Delhi court on November 26. The former minister and his son have denied any wrongdoing.

Karti Chidambaram’s accountant Bhaskar Raman is also among the nine persons named in the additional chargesheet. The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate have been investigating the case, which involves the foreign investment clearance granted in 2006 for the Aircel-Maxis deal.

According to the CBI, the Mauritius-based Global Communication Services Holdings — a subsidiary of Maxis — sought approval for an investment of 800 million dollars in Aircel. The approval was expected to come from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs or CCEA, headed by the Prime Minister. But instead, it came from the finance ministry, which only has the power to approve investments of smaller sums, upto Rs 600 crore. At the time, Mr Chidambaram was Finance Minister in the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. The agency alleged that after the approval was received, Aircel Televentures Limited paid Rs 26 lakh to a company linked to Karti Chidambaram.

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