Karti Chidambaram, son of former union minister P Chidambaram has been asked to appear before the Enforcement Directorate today with documents relating to the Aircel-Maxis scam. Documents pertaining to payment of $2 lakh will have to be produced by Karti.
The ED which has been probing the case has sought for documents relating to the payment. The ED had found that $2 lakh had been paid off to Chess Management Services Private Limited, a firm belonging to Karti.
The payments to this company by Maxis Group during the period 2007 and 2010 is under the scanner of the ED., Interestingly this is the period when Karti's father was the Finance Minister and approvals for an Aircel take over by Maxis were given.
The ED says that the money trail to Karti's companies have been established. The ED stated that Bumi Armada Berhad, a Maxis company had paid over $ 1 lakh to Chess Management. Another payment of $60,000 from Maxis MObile Sdn Bhd to Chess Management is also under the scanner.
In the chargesheet filed by both the ED and the CBI, details of the two companies giving kickbacks to Sun TV are also mentioned. The ED has sought from Karti bank details of his companies. The ED while summoning him said that the details from the year 2005 will have to be produced.
While he has been asked to appear today, ED officials say that Karti has sought more time. He was asked to appear before Rajeshwar Singh, the investigation officer in the case.