Aircel Maxis

Aircel Maxis Case: ED Files Charge Sheet Against Karti Chidambaram, Others; Next Hearing on July 4

New Delhi, June 13: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday filed a charge sheet in Delhi’s Patiala House against former finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti in connection with the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case. The next hearing has been scheduled for July 4.

Apart from Karti, four others have been named in the charge sheet under section 4 (Punishment for money-laundering) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

While the former finance minister has been named multiple times in the charge sheet, the probe agency has not mentioned him as an accused.

The ED told the court that it may file a supplementary charge sheet in the case.

Last month, the court had extended the interim protection of Karti from arrest till July 10 in connection with two cases filed by the CBI and ED in 2011 and 2012, respectively in the Aircel-Maxis matter arising out of 2G spectrum cases.

Karti was arrested on February 28 at the Chennai airport on his return from the United Kingdom, for his alleged role in facilitating Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for INX Media Ltd. and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea.

He allegedly took service charges for getting the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving funds from abroad worth Rs. 305 crore in 2007 when his father was the finance minister.

The Aircel-Maxis deal is part of the wider 2G scam that engulfed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime.

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