Nonetheless, the Special Judge O P Saini extended till April 26 the interim protection from arrest granted to the senior Congress leader and his son Karti after their counsel told the court that the CBI be given whatever time it wanted but arguments should start on the next date of hearing.
As per senior advocate Kapil Sibal, CBI has failed to disclose any information to prove the allegations against P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the case, filed by the CBI and the ED.
He added: "This is harassment of the highest order and how many times will CBI do this."
CBI sought three weeks from the court to advance arguments on the ground that further investigation was required. The case relates to alleged irregularities in grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval in the Aircel-Maxis deal.
Chidambaram had earlier also accused the two agencies of "delaying" the cases and had sought an early hearing on the bail pleas as well as the charge sheet filed in the cases.
The father-son were named in the charge sheet filed by the CBI in the case on July 19 last year. CBI is probing how Chidambaram, when finance minister in 2006, granted FIPB approval to a foreign firm, when only the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was empowered to do it.