Gave approval to Aircel-Maxis deal in normal course of biz: Chidambaram
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said he had granted approval to the Aircel-Maxis deal “in the normal course of business.”india Updated: Apr 04, 2017 21:01 IST
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said he had granted approval to the Aircel-Maxis deal “in the normal course of business.”
“In the Aircel-Maxis case, taking into account the face value of the foreign investment, the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) submitted the case to the Finance Minister and sought approval.
“As FM, I granted approval in the normal course of business,” he said in a statement.
Chidambaram’s remarks comes a day after the Supreme Court asked the CBI to file status report on the probe being carried out on various aspects of the Aircel-Maxis deal.
During the brief hearing on Monday, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had told the bench that he has received a reply from CBI stating that it was probing “all angles”, including the FIPB clearance given to the deal by the then Finance Minister Chidambaram in 2006.
Swamy had said CBI should be asked to file a status report in the case.
In his application, Swamy has alleged that Chidambaram had illegally granted FIPB clearance to the deal in 2006.
He claimed that the former finance minister had given FIPB clearance to a deal that should have been referred to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.