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CBI should thoroughly probe Chidambaram’s role in Aircel-Maxis deal: Swamy

New Delhi, Sept.20 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should thoroughly investigate former finance minister P. Chidambaram’s role in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

” It has turned out that in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) it was known that the Aircel-Maxis deal was an illegal deal because it was directly or indirectly hundred percent owned by Malaysian industrialist T Ananda Krishnan,” Swamy told ANI here.

“Now, who enabled that, FIPB had put it up for signature with the provision that the matter would be according to law. But Chidambaram never went into it, he immediately signed. Today, he is blaming officers to putting up the file with him. This is not the job of Minister to blindly sign what officers put before him and certainly not Chidambaram who is supposed to be a lawyer,” he added.

The BJP leader further said the matter will be heard in the Supreme Court on September 25.

The CBI will probe the circumstances of the FIPB approval given by Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006.

According to reports, the investigating agency told a special court in its chargesheet in the Aircel-Maxis case that Mauritius-based Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Maxis, had sought approval for 800 million US dollars for which the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs was competent to do so.

Chidambaram has, however, said that there was no violation of rules in the grant of FIPB approval to Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006.(ANI)