CBI charged Chidambaram over telecoms deal

Vastavam web: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has charged former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram with abuse of his official position and criminal conspiracy over the approval of a telecoms deal in 2006, it said on Thursday. The accusations centre on the role of Chidambaram, now a senior leader of the main opposition Congress party, his son Karti Chidambaram, and several former government officials, in approving the acquisition of telecoms company, Aircel Ltd, by a Malyasian firm, Maxis Bhd.

Chidambaram said the charges were designed to support a “preposterous allegation” against himself and other officials, but declined to comment further. “The case is now before the honourable court and it will be contested vigorously,” he said on social network Twitter. “I shall make no more public comment. ”Maxis and Karti Chidambaram have previously called the allegations unfounded. Congress politician Anand Sharma, a former ministerial colleague of Chidambaram, told reporters on Thursday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government was misusing its agencies to harass opposition leaders.