In Aircel-Maxis case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday informed Delhi's Patiala House Court that it has received the sanction from government to prosecute P Chidambaram, reported news agency ANI.
It may be recalled that in the beginning of the month, a Delhi court had extended interim protection from arrest granted to former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti till November 26 in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.
Special Judge O.P. Saini, while extending the interim protection from arrest of father and son, also listed for hearing on November 26 the anticipatory bail plea of Chidambaram.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had requested the court to reject the anticipatory bail plea of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case and pressed for his custodial interrogation.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED are investigating how Karti Chidambaram allegedly managed to get clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was the Union Finance Minister.
The ED on October 25 filed a charge-sheet in the case naming Chidambaram and a few others.
The CBI on July 19 filed a chargesheet against 18 persons in the case, including the former Finance Minister and Karti.
On August 29, 2014, the CBI had filed a charge-sheet in the case alleging that between July 2004 and September 2008, Dayanidhi Maran, as Minister in the UPA-I government, used his influence to help Malaysian businessman T.A. Ananda Krishnan buy Aircel by coercing its owner Sivasankaran to part with his stake.
(With inputs from agencies)