इंडियन आवाज़     22 Feb 2024 02:55:24      انڈین آواز

Nobody will be spared in Aircel-Maxis deal: Arun Jaitley


jaitelyFinance Minister Arun Jaitley today assured the Lok Sabha that no one will be spared, who so ever, irrespective of their influence in the Aircel Maxis deal. Replying to a debate on the alleged money-laundering involving Aircel Maxis deal, Mr. Jaitley said that the guilty will be brought to justice and the government is committed to absolute probity.

He said during the joint raids conducted by Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax at different places, many incriminating documents have been seized. He said, the investigating agencies have got other information in connection with the case due to which the scope of the investigation has become widened. He also rejected the allegation of some members that the NDA government is moving slow on the case saying that action has been taken in the matter as per Law. He said the CBI has not only registered and FIR but it has also filed a charge-sheet in the Court. Mr. Jaitley, however, did not disclose the details of the investigation.

Earlier, the Lok Sabha took up a discussion under rule 193 on the issue alleged money laundering case involving Aircel-Maxis deal. The AIADMK members had raised the issue yesterday accusing former Finance Minister P.Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram of investing huge wealth in different countries through his companies. when the House reassembled at 12.30 after the first adjournment, the Speaker allowed discussion on the issue. Initiating the debate, BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab questioned the delay on the part of the present government agencies to file a charge sheet in their Aircel-Maxis deal. Mr. Mahtab urged the government to investigate thoroughly the money laundering allegation against former Finance Minister’s son.

AIADMK leader T G Venkatesh Babu said Aircel Maxis deal was materalised with the help of two former DMK union ministers during UPA rule. Mr. Babu demanded a thorough probe by the CBI and ED to unearth this huge scam and prosecution of Mr. Chidambaram and his son.

Members of other political parties also spoke on the issue. According to documents recovered in the recent joint raids carried by the Enforcement Directorate and Investigation wing of Income Tax in relation to the Aircel-Maxis scam it was revealed that Karti Chidambaram has built a massive empire for himself through investments in real estate and other financial dealings across the world.

Karti reportedly acquired a huge amount of wealth through his dealings between 2006-2014, when his father P.Chidambaram was the Finance Minister and Home Minister. Earlier, before the start of the discussion, Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress said the matter is sub-judice so it should not be discussed. However, Parliamentary Affairs Minster M.Venkaiah Naidu said the House has taken up many sub-judice issues earlier too.

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