The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today (Thursday, October 25) filed the second supplementary charge sheet against former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and eight others in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
The CBI special court has fixed November 26 for consideration of the chargesheet in the case.
Meanwhile, in the other case – INX media money laundering case – the Delhi High Court today extended P Chidambaram’s interim protection from arrest in INX Media case till November 29. The court gave the order on the plea filed by Chidambaram seeking protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the INX Media money laundering case.
P Chidambaram and his Karti Chidambaram are facing charges slapped by ED and CBI in the case. Investigating agencies are probing how Chidambaram’s son Karti managed to get clearance from Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for INX Media.
Karti was arrested on February 28 by the CBI in the case and later granted bail.
In Aircel Maxis case, those arraigned are S Bhaskararaman, Aircel Televentures Limited; V Srinivasan, Astro All Asia Networks Plc (Malaysia); Maxis Mobile Sdn Bhd (Malaysia); and Augustus Ralph Marshall, a resident of Malaysia, reported The Hindu. Bumi Armada Berhad and Bumi Armada Navigation Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, have also been named.
The charge sheet is filed for the alleged offence of money laundering of Rs.1.16 crore in lieu of FIPB approval in March 2006 by the then Finance Minister, said the agency.
The approval was given to Global Communication and Services Holdings Limited, Mauritus, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Maxis Berhad, in alleged violation of the various rules and regulation.
The ED said this charge sheet was filed on the basis of evidence in the form of email communication retrieved from the devices seized from Karti Chidambaram and his associates. “The material, inter alia, reveals routing of proceeds of crime in the guise of bona fide business deals by the beneficiaries of illegal FIPB approval, in the companies of Mr. Karti,” the ED said as per The Hindu report.
On September 20, the ED was given three more months to finalise the investigation in the case.
The ED filed the first charge sheet against Karti, Ravi Visvanathan, Padma Bhaskararaman, Advantage Strategic Consulting and Chess Management Services on June 13.