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INX Media case: CBI asks for 15 day custody for Karti Chidambaram

12 March 2018

CBI had asked for a three day extension for Karti on the basis that new evidence had been discovered against him, which had to go through the forensics tests.

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 court also rejected Karti Chidambaram's plea seeking allotment of a separate prison in Tihar Jail saying that in view of social status of the accused and his father, he can not be treated different from the other accused. The CBI in the court said, "During the entire period of police custody remand, Karti Chidambaram was evasive and non-cooperative".

CBI counsel VK Sharma told the court that further custodial interrogation was necessary because of "incriminating material" found against Chidambaram.

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The investigation agency did not press for any further police custody but moved an application for a fifteen day judicial custody while Karti moved an application seeking separate prison cell during judicial custody.

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.

"His (Karti) father P Chidambaram has dealt with stringent penal laws including TADA and MCOCA, posing a huge security threat to Karti", the senior advocate said, adding that he needs to be secured in a separate prison and be given a separate bathroom. He was first sent to the CBI custody, where he was being interrogated till now.

The Delhi court ordered the jail authorities to ensure that adequate security is provided to Karti Chidambaram until March 24. 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. Organisation investigating me should be concerned about my security.

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It also said his bail plea would be heard on March 15 as scheduled.

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

The CBI had initially alleged that Karti Chidambaram received Rs 10 lakh as a bribe for facilitating the FIPB clearance to INX Media.

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INX Media case: CBI asks for 15 day custody for Karti Chidambaram