New Delhi: Congress stalwart  P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram got an extension in interim protection from arrest on Thursday in the Aircel Maxis money laundering case filed by the Central Beaureu of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The Patiala House Court has fixed the next date of hearing on November 26.
On October 8, the court extended the interim protection to Chidambaram and his son till November 1 and scheduled the hearing for today. The ED had yesterday opposed Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea and sought custodial interrogation of the former union minister in the money laundering case, alleging that he was not cooperating in the probe and therefore grant of anticipatory bail at this stage would be highly detrimental to the investigation.
The agency said that the investigation pertaining to FIPB approval alleged to be fraudulently granted by Chidambaram has got several dimensions having wide ramifications for which investigation has been concluded to some extent and with regard to certain issues was still going on, reported PTI.
Chidambaram had filed the plea for protection from arrest in the ED case on May 30 after which he got relief from the court on various occasions. The agency on October 25 had filed charge sheet against Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case, accusing him of conspiring with foreign investors to clear their venture.
(With agency inputs)