P Chidambaram Charged In Aircel Maxis Case: ED files additional charge sheet

P Chidambaram Aircel-Maxis Case
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed the second supplementary charge sheet against former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and others in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

The agency has named nine accused in the case including Chidambaram, S Bhaskaraman and four Maxis companies.

CBI special judge OP Saini fixed November 26 for consideration of the charge sheet.

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 ED filed the first charge sheet against Mr. Karti, Ravi Visvanathan, Padma Bhaskararaman, Advantage Strategic Consulting and Chess Management Services on June 13.

The INX Media case involves a deal dating to 2007 when foreign investment go-ahead was given to the media company then owned by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, who are now both in jail on charges of murdering her daughter from a previous relationship.

Reacting to charges, former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram twitted:

As reported by NDTV, the CBI earlier failed to prove its case that former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran had forced Aircel owner C Sivasankaran to sell the company to Maxis, which is owned by T Ananda Krishnan, a tycoon based in Malaysia. Mr Maran, of the DMK, had been accused of holding up vital clearances and licenses for Aircel till its owner succumbed to pressure to sell to Maxis.