Friday, 14 December, 2018

INX media money laundering case: Karti sent to 12 days judicial custody

Karti Chidambaram Karti Chidambaram gesturing to his supporters outside the court in Delhi | PTI
Ben Pena | 12 March, 2018, 21:15

Earlier, Karti was today sent to judicial custody till March 24 in the case by a Delhi court which also dismissed his plea to provide him a separate cell in the Tihar Jail due to his threat perception.

Karti is accused of receiving kickbacks a decade back to clear foreign investment into INX Media group, using the influence of his father P. Chidambaram, who was then the Union finance minister.

Karti, the son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, was produced before special judge Sunil Rana on expiry of his three-day police custody. Even P Chidambaram has been provided Z-security. 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.

"In view of the fact that no more police custody remand of accused is sought by CBI, accused Karti Chidambaram is remanded to judicial custody".

Karti's advocate Daya Krishnan plea filed in the court says, "Since Chidambaram had taken charge as a home minister just after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and had several accused under MCOCA prosecuted, so there is an absolute threat to his life at Tihar Jail".

"Only keeping in view the fact of social status of 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", the court said.

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Jail authorities should ensure proper security and safety as per rules, he said. Organisation investigating me should be concerned about my security.

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.

Yesterday, the Delhi Court extended the CBI custody of Chidambaram, till March 12.

Defence counsels Kapil Sibal and Singhvi told the court that they apprehended sequential arrests of their client by the ED after he was freed from the custody of the CBI. Karti will be now kept in remand till March 24.

Karti was arrested in connection with the INX media case from Chennai Airport on February 28 on his arrival from the United Kingdom. The amount of bribe has been reported Rs. 4.50 crore.

Directorate of Enforcement had registered a money laundering case against Karti and others in May 2017 for his role in facilitating clearance from the FIPB for INX Media Ltd and its Directors Peter and Indrani Mukherjea, both of whom are accused in the murder of Sheena Bora.

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