The CBI has been given seven weeks to obtain sanction to prosecute former Union minister P Chidambaram and other serving or former public servants in the Aircel-Maxis deal case on Monday. Pulling up the CBI for filing the charge sheet without proper sanction, a Delhi court told the investigating agency that if the required documents are not filed by November 26, the next day of the hearing, the court may take appropriate action.
"You (CBI) should not have filed the charge sheet. It is only increasing the pendency of the court. A lot of time of the court has been wasted due to this," Special Judge OP Saini was quoted as saying.
The CBI had on July 19 filed a charge sheet against the Congress leader, his son Karti, 10 individuals including public servants and six companies as accused in the case.
Senior advocate Sonia Mathur, representing the agency, informed the judge that sanctions are awaited.
"If the sanction is not received, appropriate actions will be taken," the court said.
"Granting of sanction is under active consideration of the government," Mathur said.
Chidambaram's name is among the persons against whom sanction for prosecution from authorities concerned was awaited.