Sources said Singh had indeed applied for leave following the controversy but the ED director had rejected his application and asked him to resume probe into the Aircel Maxis case, which has to be completed by September.
In his PIL, Kapoor has alleged that Singh acquired a plot in his wife Laxmi Singh’s name under LDA scheme in 2005, that he owns a property adjacent to bungalow number 30A in Sector 15A in Noida and also has property in Civil Lines of Allahabad.
The court has already granted interim protection from arrest till July 10 to Karti in two cases filed by the CBI and the ED in 2011 and 2012, respectively in the Aircel-Maxis matter arising out of 2G spectrum cases, while his anticipatory bail plea is pending before the court.
Chidambaram deposition: The former finance minister had earlier described the ED action in the case as a “crazy mixture of falsehoods and conjectures” and said that the charge sheet filed by probe agencies had been rejected by the court.
The ED has so far found that Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Ltd, promoted by Karti and A Palaniappan -- a nephew of Chidambaram -- was allegedly paid $200,000 by the Maxis Group in the guise of software consultancy fee.
The senior Congress leader on January 13 had termed the ED raids against his son “a comedy of errors” and claimed that officers were left “embarrassed” and “apologetic” as they could not find anything at his Jor Bagh house.
The case pertains to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted in 2006 by P Chidambaram, with the agency saying it was probing "the circumstances of said FIPB approval granted by the then finance minister".