ED summons Karti Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case: Probe


New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P. Chidamabram, in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal. The ED has specifically ordered Karti to produce payments of around $2 lakh received from Maxis during the scam period.

Speaking to a news agency here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya said that Karti will have to submit all the transactions in the case before the ED along with the logical explanations for the charges against him. ”He has to give explanation to the ED for the hundreds of crores on non transparent transactions, dozens of benami companies and branches in dozens of countries,” 

He Earlier, refuting allegations over his involvement in the Airtel-Maxis scam, Karti had said all his businesses are legally complaint with regulatory and statutory requirements, adding that they have been made in time and are up to date. ”All my businesses are legally compliant with regulatory and statutory requirements. They have been made in time and are up to date. I do not wish to state anything more than this,” Chidambaram told a news agency.

In August 2015, the ED had summoned two directors of a firm linked to Mr. Karti Chidambaram in connection with the probe. The ED probe had found that Rs. 26 lakh has been allegedly sent from the firm to Aircel Televentures. The Aircel-Maxis deal is being investigated by both the ED and the CBI and the case is a part of the overall probe in the 2G scam case.