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SC asks CBI to file status report of probe into Aircel-Maxis deal


Apr 3

The Supreme Court today asked the CBI to file a report detailing the status of probe being carried out on various aspects of the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) also filed in a sealed cover the status report of its ongoing investigation in the money laundering case relating to the deal before a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud.The bench deferred the hearing by three weeks on the request made by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the CBI.

During the brief hearing, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy told the bench that he has received a reply from CBI stating that it was probing “all angles”, including the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to 3500-crore rupee Aircel-Maxis deal allegedly by then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in 2006.

Later Swamy told reporters outside the courtroom that he has provided all the information to the agencies regarding the alleged money transfer to Karti Chidambaram’s purported foreign bank accounts by the beneficiaries of the deal.
A special court had discharged former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his industrialist brother Kalanidhi Maran and others who were charge sheeted by the CBI and ED in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case and a money-laundering matter relating to the deal.

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