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Aircel-Maxis case: CBI should question me, not harass my son, says P Chidambaram

Karti’s lawyer, in a statement, said it is incorrect that Karti had refused to appear before the CBI.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 16, 2017 3:07 am
P Chidambaram, Demonetisation, Narendra Modi, Black money, P Chidambaram economy, RBI demonetisation, Business news, Indian Express Former Finance Minister  P Chidambaram. (File)

A day after son Karti did not appear before the CBI for questioning in the Aircel-Maxis case, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that the CBI should question him, as he had approved the minutes of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), and not “harass” Karti.

Karti’s lawyer, in a statement, said it is incorrect that Karti had refused to appear before the CBI. In a series of tweets, former Union minister Chidambaram said, “Sad [that] CBI [is] spreading misinformation. In Aircel-Maxis, FIPB officials have recorded statements before CBI that approval given was valid. In Aircel-Maxis, FIPB recommended and I approved minutes. CBI should question me and not harass Karti Chidambaram.”

Karti’s lawyer N R R Arun Natarajan said in a statement, “Karti Chidambaram had appeared before the CBI on November 19, 2014 in connection with the same case and answered all questions. Since then, by order dated February 2, 2017, the special judge has discharged the accused in the case and terminated the proceedings.

“Hence, in answer to the fresh summons to appear by a reply sent by me as counsel, a legal objection has been raised that the CBI will not have jurisdiction to issue fresh summons.”

He said he has requested the CBI to “first decide on the question of jurisdiction, and meanwhile not to insist on the appearance of Karti.”

On Wednesday, Karti had sent a letter to the CBI through his lawyer expressing his unwillingness to join the probe as all the accused in the case had been discharged by court. Karti contended that CBI has no jurisdiction over the case now.

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    Pandian R
    Sep 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm
    ADENGAPPA, Chettiar is protecting his 'erumai' son so much !
    1. S
      Sep 16, 2017 at 6:26 am
      In short, procedural wrangles in this case will delay the case. How about a honest attempt by all sides for truth to come out? Let us give truth a chance. The nation deserves it.
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        Sridharan Kumaraswamy
        Sep 16, 2017 at 6:15 am
        PC and his son are very clever people. My appeal to CBI is to bring out the truth as quickly as possible.
        1. D
          Sep 16, 2017 at 5:55 am
          PC appears to be depressed man at 70.Was it his idea to his son on NewsX that has brought this day for Karti.PC is being hounded relentlessly and looks like it has started hurting him.PC ought to know that he deals with Shah/Modi and not Vajpayee/Advani.Anyway greed to make easy big money has brought this day.PC is obliged to explain why he as FM gave 5726 cr invetsment clearence in Aircel/Maxis deal with clearence from CCEA.Was it a case of Quid Pro Quo in it.PC looks disinterested in politics as he tries to save his son from the Quagmire
          1. Kash40
            Sep 16, 2017 at 5:53 am
            Wait Mr.PC you will be questioned. First your son who is protected by you in not so clean deals. Once the son blurts out or gives out some clues, you will be in the box,
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