INX media case: CBI seeks15-day judicial custody of Karti Chidambaram

Laverne Higgins
March 12, 2018

A Delhi court on Monday sent Karti Chidambaram to Tihar jail for 12-day judicial custody in the INX Media corruption case, CNN-News18 reported.

As per reports by PTI, Karti was produced in the court of Special Judge Sunil Rana, before whom CBI counsel V K Sharma moved an application for judicial custody of the senior Congress leader's son. P. Chidambaram also attended the court hearing, as he has done previously during other hearings. Karti's father P Chidambaram was also present in the courtroom. He also invoked the death of biscuit baron Rajan Pillai in 1995 and said that he did not want to be exposed to attacks.

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

Special CBI judge Sunil Rana said the social status of the accused can not be the basis for a separate prison. However, the CBI strongly refuted the plea stating that "there was no threat to Karti" and that he would be taken care of in accordance with jail rules, according to the report.

"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", the CBI has stated.

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It also noted the submission that various undertrials facing prosecution under these laws are lodged in Tihar Jail, where Karti will also be lodged in judicial custody and hence a grave threat to the safety and security of the accused in judicial custody was apprehended.

A High Court bench of Justices S. Muralidhar and IS Mehta, however, directed the businessman to cooperate in the investigation, appear before the ED whenever required and submit his passport.

The CBI has sought 15 days judicial custody of Karti who in turn has asked the court to hear his bail plea today itself instead of scheduled March 15.

Karti was arrested from the Chennai airport on February 28 on charges that he had facilitated, for a bribe, investment approvals for the INX media group in 2007 and 2008 using the influence of his father, who was then Finance Minister. Karti has alleged "political vendetta" and denied all allegations.

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