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CBI should question me, not harass my son: Chidambaram


New Delhi : Former finance minister P Chidambaran on Friday said the CBI should be questioning him instead of harassing his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case and accused the probe agency of spreading misinformation, reports PTI.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had called Karti for questioning on Thursday in connection with the foreign investment clearance given in the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father Chidambaram was the finance minister.

Karti refused to appear, saying a special court had discharged all the accused and terminated proceedings in the matter, a claim strongly contradicted by the CBI which maintains that the investigation was still on.

“In Aircel-Maxis, FIPB recommended and I approved minutes. CBI should question me and not harass Karti Chidambaram.             “Sad CBI spreading misinformation. In Aircel-Maxis, FIPB officials have recorded statements before CBI that approval given was valid,” P Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.

According to a CBI charge-sheet submitted in a special court, Mauritius-based M/s Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Maxis, had sought approval for an investment of USD 800 million in Aircel. (This amounts to approx Rs 5,127 crore, according to existing conversion rates).

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was competent to grant the approval.

“However, the approval was granted by the then finance minister. Further investigation is being carried out into the circumstances of the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval granted by the then finance minister. The related issues are also being investigated,” the agency had said in 2014.

  • PT Govindrajan

    Will Chameleon Chidambaram chetti yaar, show temerity to ask incumbent complainant n Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy this nasty question or Atleast have the mammary glands bestowed on chameleon Chidambaram chetti yaar at the time of delivery by his mother to say a word in reply against the spittoons lashed by Daya nidi in various forums of social media? Show you chameleon, your manliness to these two in Aircell Maxis matters the schemes this third rate chameleon has posed from time to time, instead of alibis? O.K.Adien iyenghar aiyanghar Shrivaishnavaa hailing from same Hindu Brahmin community, a la late jayalalithaa whose spittoons, you remember adinifinitum.