INX Media case: Trial court sends Karti to Tihar for 13-days,…

Faith Castro
March 13, 2018

Karti Chidambaram filed a petition in the court three days after Delhi's Patiala court sent him to CBI custody for 3 more days.

Stressed on Karti Chidambaram's visits, he said that if the accused did not face any threat then, how did he now fear it in the jail, where there is deployment of large number of security personnel. "The agency should have obtained the leave of the high court before arresting Karti", he said. "However, only keeping in view the fact of social status of the accused and his father, he can not be treated different from other accused persons and can not be allowed to be kept in a separate prison", said the special CBI judge.

The counsel had sought a separate cell for Karti Chidambaram while citing possible threats from "terrorists" lodged at Tihar jail during P Chidambaram's stint as home minister.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its plea to the court, claimed that there was enough material to implicate Karti in the case, adding that he had been non-cooperative during questioning.

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The CBI however stated that Karti remained evasive and non-cooperative during the interrogation. Also, the Court directed the police to ensure that Karti gets adequate security inside the jail. 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. It also said his bail plea would be heard on March 15 as scheduled. However, when the issue was taken up in the court on March 9, the agency decided not to press for it as of now while keeping its right to file application once again at the appropriate time. The 46-year-old businessman was arrested at Chennai airport on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15, 2017.

The CBI had initially alleged that Karti Chidambaram received Rs 10 lakh as bribe for facilitating Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media. It, however, later revised the figure to Dollars 1 million (about Rs 6.50 crore at the current exchange rate and Rs 4.50 crore in 2007).

Former INX Media promoter Indrani Mukerjea, who is now facing trial in her daughter's murder, has told CBI that she is willing to identify the place where she and her husband Peter Mukerjea met Karti Chidambaram, officials said.

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