The Patiala House Court on Monday extended till 1st November the interim protection to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in connection with the Aircel Maxis case. The duo is seeking protection from arrest by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.
Last month, the Supreme Court had allowed Karti to travel abroad between September 20-30 even though the investigating agency had informed the apex court that Karti was misusing the liberty granted to him by the court for travelling abroad, thereby using it to protract investigations.
Hearing the Aircel Maxis case, The court had also granted seven weeks to the CBI to obtain sanction to prosecute the former minister and other serving or former public servants in the Aircel-Maxis deal case. The court had pulled up the agency for filing the charge sheet without proper sanction and told the CBI that if the required documents were not filed by November 26, the next day of the hearing, the court may take appropriate action.
You should not have filed the charge sheet. It is only increasing the pendency of the court. A lot of time of the court has been wasted due to this, Special Judge OP Saini said. Chidambaram’s name is among those against whom sanction for prosecution from authorities concerned was awaited.