Trial court sends Karti Chidambaram to Tihar Jail for 12 Days

The CBI today produced Karti Chidambaram former Union minister P Chidambaram's son in a Delhi court after his three-day police custody in the INX Media corruption case expired and sought 15 days judicial custody. PTI file

The CBI today produced Karti Chidambaram former Union minister P Chidambaram's son in a Delhi court after his three-day police custody in the INX Media corruption case expired and sought 15 days judicial custody. PTI file

Karti Chidambaram was sent to judicial custody till March 24 in the INX Media corruption case after the CBI said he was not needed for interrogation. It alleged irregularities in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to a media house, INX Media, for receiving funds of about Rs 305 crore from overseas in 2007 when his father was the Union finance minister.

The CBI Special Judge, Sunil Rana, denied the request for a separate cell and washroom, saying it would lead to Karti being "treated differently than other accused persons", quoted News18. The son of former Union minister P Chidambaram has been in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation since his arrest from Chennai airport on February 28.

"Therefore, under the circumstances when there is sufficient material clearly implicating the accused in this serious economic offence, it is absolutely necessary that the accused be remanded to the judicial custody", it said. A separate cell has also been asked for, if Karti is taken into the custody again.

The apprehension raised by the senior counsel for accused can not be ignored keeping in view the social status of accused and his family, more specifically, his father, who is a former union minister.

Opposing the security application, the CBI argued that while there may be a threat to P Chidambaram, no threat lies to Karti or his family members, as they continue to travel around the country at free will. "They roam around freely", the CBI lawyer said, adding that there were enough security guards in jail so the "apprehension" was not justified.

Judge Rana also allowed Karti to carry his spectacles and medicines as per prescription, subject to the approval of Jail doctor.

Earlier on March 10, the Delhi High Court restrained the Enforcement Directorate (ED) from arresting Karti Chidambaram till March 20.

It also said his bail plea would be heard on March 15 as scheduled. Denying the contention, Additional Solicitor General G Rajagopalan submitted that the high court in its order has not stated anything about his arrest while permitting him to travel overseas. The amount of bribe has been reported Rs. 4.50 crore.

The fresh evidence in the case, which triggered Karti Chidambaram's arrest, was based on the statement of Indrani Mukerjea, former director of INX Media (P) Ltd, who recorded it under section 164 of the CrPC before a magistrate on February 17.

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