The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram on Thursday in the Aircel Maxis corruption case. As per Indian Express, in July the Enforcement Directorate had issued summons to Karti Chidambaram in connection with money laundering investigation in Aircel-Maxis deal.
Chidambaram has accused the CBI of conspiring against him because of the agency’s inability to prove anything against him in the case, the paper added. The ED, which is probing a case against a company associated with Karti Chidambaram in connection with Aircel Maxis deal and FDI inflow into Vasan Healthcare, had found documents in connection to INX Media FDI inflow during search operations.
These documents allegedly suggested that the company Advantage Strategic Consulting, which CBI believes is indirectly controlled by Karti Chidambaram, was allegedly paid Rs 10 lakh as consultancy fees to help it get approval for FIPB approval in 2008 when P Chidambaram was the Union finance minister, Indian express said further.
Earlier, the CBI had told the Supreme Court that probe against Karti Chidambaram was at a “very crucial stage” and that it has “discovered” more properties held by him in foreign countries. Appearing on behalf of the agency, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had told the top court that he would hand over details related to overseas properties allegedly held by Kartiin a sealed cover to the court.
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“There are some new developments… New properties are also discovered… not less than 25 properties in foreign countries,” Mehta told the top court as per Indian Express.