Chidambaram seeks anticipatory bail

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 23, 2018 02:14 PM IST

Chennai: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today moved an anticipatory bail plea in Delhi's Patiala House Court.

The move has been made days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet against him and his son Karti for alleged irregularities and criminal conspiracy in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

The CBI on 19 July filed a supplementary chargesheet before special judge O P Saini who scheduled it for consideration on 31 July. Besides Chidambaram and Karti, the CBI also named 10 individuals, including public servants, and six companies as the accused in the case.

The chargesheet was filed for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a public servant taking illegal gratification, punishment for abetting this offence and a public servant committing criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act, sources said.

If convicted, the offences entail a maximum jail term of seven years. The agency has alleged that when the foreign investment in Aircel, by Malaysian telecom major Maxis, was cleared by the finance ministry on 13 March, 2006, a payment of Rs 26 lakh was made by Aircel to Chennai-based Advantage Strategic Consulting, officials said.

It is alleged that Advantage Strategic Consulting was indirectly controlled by Karti and had raised an invoice on 29 March, 2006, against which Aircel made a payment on 1 April, 2006.

The CBI has alleged that Chess Management Services Holding Ltd, a company in which Karti is promoter and director, also received Rs 87 lakh in several instalments from an associate company of Maxis, they said.