The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today informed a Delhi court that it has procured the requisite sanction from the authorities concerned to prosecute former union minister P Chidambaram, in the Aircel-Maxis case.
“The competent authority in the Central Government has accorded sanction for prosecution of accused P Chidambaram under section 197 of CrPC and section 19 of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (as amended in 2018) and the same is being filed herewith,” it added.
The CBI response comes after the court in October pulled up the agency for filing its charge sheet without proper sanction. The judge had told CBI that if required documents were not filed by November 26,the court might take appropriate action.
The court however extended till December 18 the protection granted to Chidambaram and his son Karti from arrest after the CBI said it needed two weeks to get sanction against other accused in the case.
Patiala House Court’s Special Judge OP Saini took up the Aircel-Maxis case, which arose out of the 2G spectrum allocation scam case. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and submitted that requisite sanction from the concerned authority has been received to prosecute Chidambaram in the matter.
Mehta further said that there were a total of 18 accused in the case and prosecution sanctions were needed for six of them. He added that efforts were being made to obtain prosecution sanctions in respect of other five accused.
On Saturday, Chidambaram had denied all charges leveled by the CBI and said the decision of his arrest was “plainly motivated and totally untenable.”