A special court here on Monday granted interim protection to Karti Chidambaram from arrest till May 2 in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

Special Judge O.P. Saini announced the order and directed him to join an investigation whenever required and not to leave the country without permission.

In the last hearing, Karti Chidambaram’s advocate and senior counsel Kapil Sibal told the court that his client was arrested arbitrarily by the CBI and now he apprehends that he may be arrested without any reason.

He sought interim protection from arrest till the probe agencies filed the reply in he matter.

The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate are investigating how Karti Chidambaram allegedly managed to get a clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in the Aircel-Maxis deal when his father P. Chidambaram was the Finance Minister in 2006.

Karti Chidambaram is also an accused in the INX Media Case where he has been charged with receiving irregular FIPB clearance for investments up to Rs 305 crore.