CBI seeks 14 day custody of Karti Chidambaram


"There are very shocking evidences of what Karti did when he went overseas", he said, alleging that "when he went overseas, he closed bank accounts in which funds were received".

CBI on Wednesday arrested Karti at Chennai Airport on his return from London and after one-day CBI custody, produced him before CBI Special Judge Sunil Rana at the Patiala House Court.

When asked by the court about one-day custody, Mr Mehta submitted that the whole objective of yesterday's custody was defeated after Karti's medical examination, when Doctor shifted to him in the Cardiac Care Unit. Earlier in a major development, Karti Chidambaram was detained on February 28 at around 8 AM.

At the outset, the court allowed the request of Karti's lawyers to have an interaction with the accused inside the court room for 10 minutes, after which the proceedings resumed. He has also been allowed to wear his own clothes.

To this Mehta objected and said Indrani was not in the CBI custody but in judicial custody and she has given her statement that needed to be taken as an evidence. There was need to travel to several cities for which 14 days custody would be required, he said.

He maintained that this was "not a case of political vendetta" and the investigation was going on in accordance with Article 21 of the Constitution. Nalini Chidambaram, a senior advocate, was present too. Father P Chidambaram was overheard telling Karti, "Don't worry, I am there". He had said that Karti had appeared before the CBI and Enforcement Directorate for 30-40 hours and had cooperated.

"Logical inference is that you (the CBI) have nothing to ask".

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"The only way to establish non-cooperation by me (Karti) is to send me summons".

Chidambaram was brought before the special CBI Judge at around 2 pm. "Non-cooperation does not mean that he replies to the agency in the way they want him to". "That's why you did not issue any summon for the last six months", Singhvi said in the court. "It's weird", said Singhvi. The Congress said Karti's arrest was "vendetta" and a "diversionary tactic" of the BJP-led central government to hide its "scams" and "mal-governance".

According to CBI and ED, Indrani and Peter have said in their statements that they met P Chidambaram at his North Block office in connection with FIPB approval for FDI in INX Media.

The court directed that Karti be produced before the court on March 6 and asked the investigating officer to get him medically examined every 24 hours during the custody.

Karti Chidambaram, who was on Wednesday arrested for allegedly taking bribes, was today sent to CBI custody for five days.

Karti allegedly received Rs 3.5 crore from the Mumbai-based INX Media, now known as 9X Media, for helping it get Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance in 2007 when it was run by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, both accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, IANS reported.

The CBI and ED have argued that INX Media had not been given clearance by the FIPB to make 26 per cent downstream investment in INX News.