Aircel-Maxis deal: PC can't bear questions on his integrity

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P Chidambaram
New Delhi, May 14: With the Opposition and others out for Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s blood over his alleged involvement in the Aircel-Maxis deal, the Minister in an emotional appeal stated that he was not involved in any way in the deal. Claiming in the floor of the house, he said that he or his family was neither directly nor indirectly related to the controversial issue.

Ruling out any involvement of his son Karti Chidambaram in the controversy, he stated that his son was not benefitted from the Aircel-Maxis deal and that his son only works for a consultancy. He also boldly declared that he was ready to be probed on the allegations.

Chidambaram has been quoted as saying, “Questions are being raised about transactions in 2005-2006 when Advantage raised a bill, for providing Aircel consultancy services.” On the accusatory fingers against his son, Chidambaram said, “My son had made Rs 1.8 lakh investment in Osbridge and then had sold those shares to his friend and partner. My family has stated that they do not own any share in any telecom company any time, indirectly or directly. We have no connection with any telecom company. Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd has categorically stated that it owns no equity in Aircel or Global Communications.”

Making a fervent plea for his innocence, Chidambaram in an emotional note said, “Don't question my integrity. It would be much simpler if somebody took a dagger and plunged it into my heart than questioning my integrity.”

The person spearheading the attacks against the Home Minister and his family was the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley. Chidambaram replied on Jaitley’s tirade, “I have no problem if you wish to look into the accounts of Advantage Strategic Consulting and Aircel. Please go ahead. I will myself convey to the Finance Minister.”

Launching the attacks, Jaitley has questioned Chidambaram in the Rajya Sabha, “Chidambaram is not answering what I have alleged. Why was Advantage Strategic Consulting PVT Ltd entered into a financial transaction which was the investing company.”

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