Assam’s top bureaucrat Kumar Sanjay Krishna’s name figured in CBI’s chargesheet on Aircel Maxis case
One of the top bureaucrats of Assam, Kumar Sanjay Krishna’s name figured in the CBI’s chargesheet on Aircel Maxis case. CBI has filed a fresh chargesheet in Aircel Maxis case in Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Thursday.
CBI has named P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the fresh chargesheet in the Aircel Maxis case. The chargesheet was filed before special CBI judge O P Saini who has fixed July 31 for considering the document.
Krishna is currently one of the additional secretaries of Assam. After completing his deputation, Krishna returned to the state and he was elevated to additional chief secretary post. Krishna, an IAS officer of 1985 batch belongs to Assam – Meghalaya cadre was joint secretary of Finance dept during UPA govt.’s second term.
In its new chargesheet, the investigating agency said that two sets of money trails were discovered regarding Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance.
P Chidambaram, as FM, approved the investment at his level without sending the file to CCEA. He knew everything from the beginning, the agency said.
Two illegal payments Rs 26 lakh and Rs 87 lakh were given to Karti’s firms – Chess Management and Advantage Strategic during the Aircel-Maxis deal, the agency said.
The CBI alleged that for FIPB ( Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval; the then finance minister P Chidambaram had powers to clear only Rs 600 crore and it was shown on the file that Rs 180 crore (18 crore shares at the rate of Rs 100 each) but Maxis paid Rs 3,200 crore for taking over Aircel.
Reacting to the CBI chargesheet, Chidambaram dismissed the charges against him as “preposterous allegation”.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that the latest attempts CBI to frame his party’s leader will meet the same fate as that of earlier chargesheets filed by the agency. “What do you expect from this government and the CBI. It’ll meet the same fate as other chargesheets of the CBI. Remember what happened to the 2G case, it all resulted in acquittement. Same thing will happen here,” Sibal said.
In December last year, a CBI court had acquitted all the accused, including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, of corruption and money laundering charges in the 2G corruption case.