A Delhi court on Monday granted Karti Chidambaram interim protection from arrest till May 2, in two cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in the Aircel-Maxis matter, PTI reported.
Special Judge OP Saini granted relief to the son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram after the Enforcement Directorate’s counsel asked for time to argue against Karti Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail application.
In March, the court had granted Karti Chidambaram protection from arrest till April 16, but asked him to appear before the investigating officer whenever summoned.
The case relates to the approvals the Foreign Investment Promotion Board granted for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006, when P Chidambaram was the finance minister. Karti Chidambaram allegedly facilitated bribes in the Aircel-Maxis transaction.
The investigative agency is looking into “the circumstances” in which P Chidambaram, in his capacity as the finance minister, granted the Foreign Investment Promotion Board approvals.