CBI filed its supplementary charge sheet before special CBI judge O P Saini in that Former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram were named in a charge sheet by the CBI in the Aircel-Maxis deal case on Thursday.

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The agency filed its supplementary charge sheet before special CBI judge O P Saini who fixed it for considering on July 31.

The CBI was conducting probe as to how Chidambaram, who was the finance minister in 2006, granted Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to a foreign firm when only Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was empowered to do it.

The Former Finance Minister role had come under the scanner of investigating agencies in the Aircel-Maxis deal of Rs 35 billion and INX Media case involving Rs 3.05 billion.

In its charge sheet filed earlier in the case against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and others, the agency had alleged that Chidambaram had granted FIPB approval in March 2006 to Mauritius-based Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Maxis.

The Maran brothers and other accused, who were listed in the CBI charge sheet earlier, were discharged by the special court which had said that the agency had failed to produce any material against them to proceed with the trial.

The CBI had alleged in the charge sheet against the Marans that Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd had sought FIPB approval for USD 800 million for which only the CCEA was competent, but Chidambaram had given approval to the firm in March 2006.

It had claimed that the finance minister was competent to accord approval on project proposals of up to Rs 600 crore and proposals beyond this required the approval of the CCEA.

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The Enforcement Directorate is also probing a separate money laundering case in the Aircel-Maxis deal in which Chidambaram and Karti have been questioned by the agency.

Both Chidambaram and Karti have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI and ED.

Earlier The former Union finance minister was given protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate till July 10 by the Court.

But again On July 11, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought 'custodial interrogation' of Chidambaram and his wife Nalini in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case and Saradha chit fund scam case, respectively.

The ED opposed Chidambaram's anticipatory bail plea, On Tuesday, before special judge OP Saini in Delhi. However, the Delhi court granted relief to him and his son Karti, issuing an order, stating that they would not be arrested in the Aircel-Maxis deal. The court has extended interim protection granted to Chidambaram and Karti, saying they cannot be arrested till August 7.

The agency opposed the bail application in its written submission and sought time to argue the matter. The ED in the court said that a "strong prima facie case has emerged, showing the involvement of the former minister ... (and a) larger conspiracy is unfolding," from the investigation conducted so far.

The agency alleged that Chidambaram remained 'evasive' in his replies and the "investigation is being carried out based on the circumstances in which the said FIPB approval was granted by the applicant, the then Finance Minister, as well as other related issues." The agency pointed out that it has "reached to a bonafide conclusion that under anticipatory bail, it will not be possible to reach the truth."

While the Delhi court granted relief to Chidambaram, the Madras High Court dismissed the appeals filed by Chidambaram's wife and senior advocate Nalini, challenging the summons issued by the ED, requiring her personal appearance for investigation in the Saradha chit fund scam case.

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