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Sanctions to prosecute 5 officers obtained: CBI

 NEW DELHI, Jan 11 - The CBI today informed a Delhi court that the Centre has granted sanction to prosecute five people, including serving and former bureaucrats, accused in the Aircel-Maxis case involving Congress leader and ex-Union minister P Chidambaram and his son, Karti.

The then members of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), against whom sanctions have been procured, are the then Secretary (Economic Affairs) Ashok Jha, the then Additional Secretary Ashok Chawla, the then Joint Secretary in the Finance Ministry Kumar Sanjay Krishna, the then Director in the Ministry Dipak Kumar Singh, and the then Under Secretary in the Ministry, Ram Sharan.

Of the five, three are working with various government departments, while two have retired.

The submissions were made before Special Judge OP Saini who extended till February 1 the interim protection from arrest granted to Chidambaram and Karti in the Aircel-Maxis cases filed by the CBI and the ED.

The CBI had on November 16 last year, informed the court that a similar nod was procured for P Chidambaram. There are 18 accused in the case.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, on Friday told the court that the ongoing probe was about to be completed and sought a brief adjournment in the matter. – PTI

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