Aircel-Maxis Case: Confidential CBI Report Recovered From House of Karti Chidambaram During ED Raid
New Delhi, Feb 9: In what could further dent the reputation of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate recovered confidential documents, that the central agency had submitted in the Supreme Court, from the house of Karti Chidambaram.
According to reports, the documents which were submitted in a sealed envelope in the Supreme Court, were recovered by the ED during a raid at Karti Chidambaram’s Jor Bagh residence in New Delhi in January. The raid was conducted in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case in which Karti, son of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, has been named.
According to sources, the CBI has launched an internal probe to investigate as to how the confidential document, which was submitted in the Supreme Court in 2013, reached Karti’s house.
P Chidambaram had termed the raids against his son “a comedy of errors” and claimed the officers were left “embarrassed” and “apologetic” as they could not find anything at his house.
The central probe agency had, on December 1, 2017, conducted similar searches on the premises of a relative of Karti and others in this case.
“Since they had the search warrant, I did not raise any objections to the search but I said I will record my protest that there is no FIR in respect of the scheduled crime registered by any investigating agency including the CBI. There are obviously no proceeds of crime and the ED has no jurisdiction under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA),” P Chidambaram told reporters.
The ED case pertains to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted in 2006 by the then finance minister P Chidambaram.
The ED said FIPB approval in the Aircel-Maxis FDI case was granted in March, 2006 by the then finance minister even though he was competent to accord approval on project proposals only up to Rs 600 crore and beyond that it required the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
(With inputs from agencies)