Subramanian Swamy exposes Chidambaram,son in corruption case

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Subramanian Swamy, Karti Chidambaram and P Chidambaram
New Delhi, Apr 26: In addition to the charges that Subramanian Swamy has hurled against Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Swamy accused the home minister of helping his (Chidambaram's) son, Karti Chidambaram in the controversial Maxis-Aircel Deal.

Swamy on Apr 24 sent a letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that the then Finance Minister (Chidambaram) had helped his son in making "extra" money out of Maxis-Aircel Deal. Mr Chidambaram, as the then Finance Minister, had sanctioned the deal in 2006.

The Janata Party chief claimed that Mr Chidambaram should resign from his post. However, he has not yet disclosed any concrete proofs neither against the Home Minister nor against his son. [Read: BJP exposes Chidambaram's son in multi-crore NRHM scam]

According to Swamy, Maxis company officials in 2005 had approached the telecom company Aircel which was verging on bankruptcy. Maxis had offered to buy 74 percent stake in Aircel for nearly 4,000 crore. However, this deal needed permission from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board.

Clarifying his stand over accusing Chidambaram and his son regarding this deal, Swamy claimed, "But this permission - Chidambaram delayed it because he wanted a cut - this is my allegation."

During a press conference, Swamy alleged that Ausbridge Holdings and Investments Pvt Ltd, in which Karti Chidambaram is a 94 per cent equity holder, had invested and had majority of shares in Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited of Aircel before the Maxis-Aircel Deal was sanctioned by the then Finance Minister. Swamy asserted that after the deal went through, Karti Chidambaram had made a huge amount of money, though he (Swamy) did not specify the exact amount of money.

Earlier, Swamy had claimed that Chidambaram should be presented as a co-accused in the 2G Spectrum scam and he (the Home Minister) should be investigated by the CBI over the same corruption case.

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