In a big relief for former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, a Delhi court on Wednesday directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) not to take any 'coercive action' against him. The court's decision came on a petition filed by Chidambaram seeking protection from arrest in the Aircel Maxis money laundering case.
The veteran Congress leader moved his plea for anticipatory bail before Special Judge O P Saini, who directed him to appear before the ED on June 5. Chidambaram, later, also filed an anticipatory bail petition in the Delhi High Court in connection with the INX media case.
The court has already granted interim protection from arrest till July 10 to Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram in two cases filed by the CBI and ED in 2011 and 2012, respectively in the Aircel-Maxis matter arising out of 2G spectrum cases.
The relief was granted to Karti after the ED sought time to argue on his application seeking anticipatory bail.
The matter pertains to grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to firm M/S Global Communication Holding Services Ltd for investment in Aircel.
(With inputs from PTI)