The Delhi Special Court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel Maxis case.
Special CBI Judge OP Saini granted relief to the father-son duo in the Aircel maxis case and passed orders that said “in the event of arrest Chidambaram and his son can be released after pledging personal bonds worth Rs 1 Lakh and a surety amount” while barring them from travelling abroad.
The Court also directed Chidambaram and his son to cooperate with the investigating agencies.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court rejected the bail petition filed by the former Union finance Minister P Chidmabaram in the INX media case.
The Apex court observed that the anticipatory bail cannot be granted as a matter of right and that it has to be sparingly used especially in cases related to economic offences.
Previously, the Delhi High Court rejected the bail plea of Chidambaram in relation with the INX media case after which the senior Congress leader appealed to the Supreme Court. A Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) was issued against the former Finance Minister in the INX media case.
Chidambaram had already spent 15 days in CBI custody after his dramatic arrest which ends on September 5. The Supreme Court on Sep 3rd granted protection from arrest which will continue for today.
Following the Supreme Court’s refusal to grant anticipatory bail, P Chidambaram withdrew his bail petition. Hours after he withdrew the plea, Chidambaram was produced in a special court in Delhi which granted anticipatory bail in the Aircel Maxis case.
The Delhi special court said the investigative agencies should not discriminate between the accused in similar situations.
The special court observed that “the allegations among the accused are not of grave magnitude as the amount laundered is only Rs 1.13 crores which is a paltry amount when compared to the allegations against Dayanidhi Maran where the amount laundered was Rs 749 crore, but he was not arrested.”