INX Media case: Karti Chidmabaram sent to judicial custody for 12 days

Henrietta Brewer
March 12, 2018

A trial court has sent the son of former Union minister, Karti Chidambaram, to a 12-day custody in Tihar jail on Monday. It further submitted that INX Media received overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Karti's father P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister.

Karti was arrested on his return from the United Kingdom at the Chennai airport on February 28 and later sent to the probe agency's custody. Karti's father P Chidambaram was also present in the courtroom. Karti Chidambaram filed a petition in the court three days after Delhi's Patiala court sent him to CBI custody for 3 more days.

"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", the CBI counsel said. He also sought a separate cell in case Karti was sent to judicial custody.

The CBI countered it saying there is threat to Chidambaram but not to his son, family or relatives and they are roaming around the country freely.

The Delhi court ordered the jail authorities to ensure that adequate security is provided to Karti Chidambaram until March 24.

The court allowed Karti to carry spectacles and medicines as per prescription subject to examination and approval by the jail doctor, but denied his request to carry toiletries, books, clothes and home food.

In a related development, the Delhi High Court gave a major relief to Karti Chidambaram, directing the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is separately probing the allegations, not to arrest him till the next hearing of the case on March 20.

The high court will hear his petition on March 13.

Karti was arrested on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15 past year.

Karti has been in the custody of the CBI since his arrest on February 28, which was supposed to end on Friday.

In the month of May, 2017, the CBI had filed a case against Karti for alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media, criminal conspiracy and cheating.

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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