P Chidambaram, Son Karti Granted Interim Bail in Aircel-Maxis Case

Special Judge OP Saini granted relief to the Chidambarams and directed them to join the probe in the cases.

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P Chidambaram and Karti are both under investigation in the Aircel-Maxis case. 
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A Delhi court on Thursday, 5 September, granted anticipatory bail to former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis cases filed by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.

Special Judge OP Saini granted relief to the Chidambarams and directed them to join the probe in the cases.

"In event of arrest, they be released on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and one surety of like amount. The accused are directed to join the investigation," the court said.It also said that the probe in the Aircel-Maxis cases have been highly belated by both the agencies as almost entire material was in their possession since beginning.

The court said that both the probe agencies, instead of arguing the matter, were seeking date after date since the filing of the complaint on pretext of further investigation.

It also said that the probe in the Aircel-Maxis cases have been highly belated by both the agencies as almost entire material was in their possession since beginning.

"The allegations against accused are also not of grave magnitude as money laundered is only Rs 1.13 crore, which is paltry amount in comparison to allegations against Dayanidhi Maran and others, where the bribe amount was Rs 749 crore but he was not arrested," the court said.

It further added that the investigating agencies should not discriminate between two similar situated accused, as this was against the rule of law.

The Chidambarams are under the scanner of investigating agencies in the Aircel-Maxis deal as also the INX Media case involving Rs 305 crore.

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