Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, was summoned by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Aircel Maxis case on Thursday in which he (Karti) refused to appear saying a special court had discharged all the accused and terminated proceedings in the matter, according to PTI. The investigative agency however claimed that the investigation was still on. On the matter, the CBI sources have said that the investigation is continuing and the FIR hasn’t been quashed by the court, reported ANI.
The agency had called Karti, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, in connection with its probe into the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to the Aircel-Maxis deal in the year 2006. PTI reported that Karti, through his lawyer, has refused to appear before the agency. The response said, “All proceedings connected with the said (case)… were also terminated.”
CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal was quoted by PTI as saying, “FIR RC-22(A)/2011-DLI has not been quashed by the court and further investigation under 173(8) of the CrPC is continuing.” He added, “Court proceedings are still pending. Request has been placed before the Interpol for issuance of Red Notices against the two Malaysian national.”
Karti was yesterday asked to appear before the agency today. According to the CBI charge sheet submitted in a special court, Mauritius-based M/s Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of Maxis, had sought approval for an investment of USD 800 million in Aircel. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was competent to grant the approval.