A Delhi court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel Maxis cases filed by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Celebrating over the development, Karti Chidambaram took to Twitter and said, "We win some too" with a smiley emoticon. In another tweet, Karti Chidambaram cried foul and termed the case a "political vendetta". He further claimed that he has no connection to Aircel Maxis or to FIPB.
On Thursday, Special Judge O P Saini granted bail to the P and Karti Chidambaram, asking the Congress leaders to join the probe in the Aircel Maxis case. Pronouncing the verdict, that court also said that in event of arrest, both P and Karti Chidambaram be released on a personal bond of Rs. 1 lakh and one surety of like amount. The Chidambarams have been under the scanner of the CBI and ED in the Aircel-Maxis case as well as the INX Media case involving Rs 305 crore.
While the former Finance Minister received bail in the Aircel Maxis case, the Supreme Court on Thursday denied to grant him pre-arrest bail in the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate. The top court dismissed P Chidambaram's plea challenging the Delhi High Court verdict denying him anticipatory bail in the case. An SC bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna said that P Chidambaram's case is not fit to grant anticipatory bail. Meanwhile, the apex court, however, said Chidambaram can approach the court concerned for grant of regular bail in the case. The top court maintained that protection from arrest to Chidambaram at this point will only hamper the investigation of the Enforcement Directorate.
The senior Congress leader has been CBI custody since his arrest on August 21 night after dramatic developments for questioning in the INX Media case. While the investigative agencies have asserted that they have proofs against the Chidambarams in the case, the Congress party has been been claiming vendetta politics and targeting the probe agencies and the Centre.