March 23, 2018

Trial court sends Karti Chidambaram to Tihar Jail for 12 Days

13 March 2018, 04:06 | Rodolfo Wallace

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Although the Delhi High Court had granted Karti relief, by barring his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate till March 20, the barring of arrest was not applicable in the case of an arrest by the CBI. The bench also noted that despite tweets by others in response to the innuendo and clarifying the correct position, "he (editor) cared not to withdraw the mischievous and false tweet".

The Central Bureau of Investigation has said that it was conducting the probe into the INX Media case without the cooperation of Karti Chidambaram, the main accused in the case. We have contemplated a situation and brought it to the court's notice.

The CBI had both occasions complained to the court that Karti was non-cooperative during questioning. He said such social media activity should not be ignored but a stern message sent. Meanwhile, Karti's counsel asked the court to hear his bail plea too, which was listed for March 15. I can not be sent to a common bathroom.

Karti, the son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, was produced before special judge on expiry of his three-day police custody.

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Retorting to CBI Counsel's arguments, Krishnan submitted that their apprehension becomes even more serious with the CBI opposing their security application. Mala fide intent is there. I'm shocked that CBI can oppose my plea for security.

"The hearing of the bail application of accused (Karti) was earlier raised before this court on March 9, (when) the CBI had sought time to file reply to the bail application and in the presence of the counsel for accused, the bail application was put up for consideration on March 15 with the direction to the CBI to supple advance copy to defence". Karti has already spent 12 days in police custody since his arrest on February 28 from Chennai airport.

Karti was arrested on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15 previous year. It, however, later revised the figure to $1 million (about Rs 6.50 crore at the current exchange rate and Rs 4.50 crore in 2007). In May 2017, the ED registered a money laundering case against Karti for allegedly facilitating Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for INX Media Ltd and Peter and Indrani Mukerjea when his father was the finance minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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