Aircel-Maxis scam: ED moves Delhi HC challenging anticipatory bail to P Chidambaram, son Karti
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) approached Thursday the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case, claiming that there is likelihood of tampering with the evidence. The plea has been listed Friday for hearing before Justice Suresh Kait.
The ED has challenged the September 5 order of the special court granting relief to 74-year-old P Chidambaram and his son. Chidambaram is currently lodged in jail after being arrested August 21 by the CBI in the INX Media corruption case.
The trial court had also granted anticipatory bail to the father-son duo in the Aircel Maxis case filed by CBI.
The ED contended that the pre-arrest bail in a case of economic offence was unwarranted and urged the high court to set aside the trial court’s order granting relief to P Chidambarams and cancel their anticipatory bail.
The ED claimed that the two remained evasive during the investigation and there is a likelihood that they could tamper with the evidence and influence witnesses.
The probe agency said the trial court failed to appreciate that custodial interrogation of the accused was required and its finding the offence not grave enough was completely perverse and untenable in law.
It said the position of Chidambaram and his son that they are members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha cannot be a legally tenable ground to grant them anticipatory bail.