INX media case: Karti Chidambaram moves Delhi High Court for bail


Karti Chidambaram filed a petition in the court three days after Delhi's Patiala court sent him to CBI custody for 3 more days. However, Karti's counsel moved the court to hear his bail plea which was listed for 15 March on Monday.

The editor had posed a question as to whether Justice Muralidhar, who was part of the bench which had passed the order granting protection to Karti Chidambaram, was a junior of former UPA minister and senior advocate P Chidambaram. The court has also disallowed Karti from carrying books, clothes and personal toiletries to jail, after a plea made by his counsel seeking permission for the same was declined by the special judge Sunil Rana.

A trial court on Monday sent Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, to 12-day judicial custody in the INX Media case.

The court noted the submission of Karti's counsel that he was the son of former union finance and home minister P Chidambaram, now a member of Rajya Sabha who had dealt with various stringent penal laws such as TADA, MCOCA, UAPA and NDPS. "He can not be exposed to any of these criminals", his advocate said.

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"There is a threat". Fiercely replying to the Karti's plea, CBI has said that there was no threat to the petitioner. "Hence, CBI is conducting investigation of the case without the co-operation of the accused", the CBI said in court. I can not be sent to a common bathroom. I am appalled. There is a mala fide intent in opposing it. We are outraged with the CBI stand on Karti's plea. Can it be denied??

Earlier on March 9, the CBI had sought Karti's custody for six additional days, citing new "incriminating material" as grounds to interrogate him further.

Karti was arrested by CBI on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15 a year ago. The CBI had initially alleged that Karti Chidambaram received Rs 10 lakh as bribe for facilitating Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media. It, however, later revised the figure to $1 million (about Rs 6.50 crore at the current exchange rate and Rs 4.50 crore in 2007). The son of the former finance minister has been in custody since his arrest on February 28 in the INX Media corruption case where he is alleged to have used the office of his father, then finance minister, to favour INX Media in getting FIPB clearances.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.