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Aircel-Maxis deal: ED quizzes P Chidambaram for about seven hours in money laundering case

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday grilled former finance minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi in a probe into the FIPB's approval to the Aircel-Maxis deals.

Chidambaram was questioned for nearly seven hours, reported CNBC-TV18, after he appeared at the ED's office at around 11 am - within an hour after a city court extended to him interim protection from arrest till 10 July in connection with the case, and after directing him to join the probe whenever required.

It was the first time when the senior Congress leader joined the probe in the case.

File image of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram. AFP

A file image of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram. AFP.

The questioning is part of the ED investigation in a money laundering case registered in 2017 against Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case.

Earlier, the court had allowed interim protection to Karti Chidambaram till 10 July.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED are investigating how Karti Chidambaram allegedly managed to secure a clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in the Aircel-Maxis deal when his father was the Union Finance Minister in 2006.

The ED, in September 2017, attached Rs 1.16 crore worth of assets of Karti Chidambaram, who is being probed for allegedly receiving kickbacks in lieu of the FIPB clearance.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jun 05, 2018 20:33 PM

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