The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued summons to Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in connection with its probe into the Aircel-Maxis deal.
This is the first time that a notice has been issued to Karti in the case, which is under probed for over an year. ED sources said that the agency had issued a notice to Karti to present himself in person or through an authorised representative and submit personal financial documents and those related to a firm this week.
After Karti sought more time to reply, the agency granted him time to submit documents within the first fortnight of this month. The summons have been issued by the Investigating Officer of the case, Deputy Director Rajeshwar Singh.
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The probe pertains to firms identified as Advantage Strategic Consulting and Chess Global Advisory Services, where Karti had been a director, and a few others for alleged violations under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Both Karti and P Chidambaram have denied any wrongdoing on part of Karti and have maintained that Karti was not associated with Advantage Strategic during the period being investigated by the agency.