NEW DELHI, Jan. 12 -- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday informed a special court that the Centre has granted sanction for the prosecution of five retired and serving officials, including two former finance secretaries, Ashok Kumar Jha and Ashok Chawla, and two serving Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, in the Aircel-Maxis case.

Soon after, Chawla resigned as the chairman of the country's largest bourse, the National Stock Exchange. Chawla could not be contacted. When HT contacted Jha on phone, he expressed his inability to talk. Former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti too are accused in the case.

Besides Jha and Chawla, the centre granted CBI sanction to prosecute IAS officers Kumar Sanjay Krishna...