Former Union Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday moved a Delhi court, accusing the CBI of leaking parts of the charge-sheet in the Aircel-Maxis to the media. Chidambaram further alleged that this was done to ‘sensationalise’ the matter and to ‘make mockery of judicial process’.
Notice was issued to the agency by Special Judge OP Saini, which sought its response by October 8.
The Congress leader, in an application moved by advocates PK Dubey and Arshdeep Singh, levied allegations that the CBI only wanted media trial and was not interested in a fair probe.
"Since this court is yet to take cognisance of the charge sheet, it appears that the CBI has clandestinely provided a copy of the same to the newspaper which is publishing the same in installments only to sensationalise the issue and prejudice the accused named therein even before cognizance is taken by this court,” the application said.
"In the view of the above, it is clear that the CBI is not interested in a fair trial in a court of law and only wants a trial by media, which is causing prejudice to the rights of the accused persons, including the appellant herein," it added.
The application further said that "CBI is making a mockery of the judicial process resulting in complete travesty of justice."
Chidambaram, through a series of tweets had earlier alleged that the investigating agency has leaked the charge sheet to the media even before providing copies to the persons named in it.
"CBI is not interested in a fair trial in a court of law. It wants a trial by the media. CBI is making a mockery of the judicial process," the former finance minister had tweeted.
The CBI is probing how Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) was granted approval to a foreign firm by Chidambaram, when the authority was only with the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).