Karti Chidambaram to remain in CBI custody till March 6

Team SoOLEGAL 3 Mar 2018 12:20pm

Karti Chidambaram to remain in CBI custody till March 6

New Delhi: Karti Chidambaram, who has been arrested on the alleged charges of receiving a bribe to facilitate approvals for INX media when his father P Chidambaram was the finance minister, had his remand extended till March 6. A Patiala House  Special Judge Sunil Rana extended Karti's custody till March 6 after the Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for CBI  said before the court  that there were "very shocking pieces of evidence" of what he has done when he went abroad and alleging "when he went abroad, he closed bank accounts in which funds were received".  He went on to say "There is substantial evidence with the agency which needs to be confronted with Karti. Three mobile phones have been recovered from him which need to be examined. 14 days is the minimum time required to keep him in custody." He said to court this was "not a case of political vendetta" and the investigation was going on in accordance with Article 21 of the Constitution. He went on to tell the court that in May 2007, first FIPB approval was given to INX Media and in April 2008, this reference was made in the Finance Ministry. From June 2008 onwards, the payment of the bribe money was started. The second FIPB approval was given on November 2, 2008. We are investigating whether the April 2008 reference was a "pressure technique.We have emails and invoices indicating money was given to Advantage Strategic Consultancy Private Limited (ASCPL), which is related to Karti, around the time period when INX Media received favours. "

Earlier the court had given one day remand and Karti was produced before the court on expiry of one-day.As a precaution, he was lodged in Safdarjung Hospital's cardiac care centre and brought back in CBI custody only in the morning.So the CBI contended before the court that one day was lost and his further remand is required.  All the arguments put by CBI counsel were strongly contested by Senior advocate Abhishek Mani Singhvi, who is leading a team of lawyers to defend Karti. He said that in connection with the May 2017 FIR, CBI has spent roughly 22 hours with Karti in August last year and no fresh summons was issued to him after August 2017 till date, which shows the agency has nothing more to ask him. "The only way of establishing non-cooperation is to issue the summons. You never tested my non-cooperation. Sudden arrest after six months.  It's bizarre, I am arrested as I stepped out of the plane.He said,"There is not an iota of evidence against Karti and is being arrested despite complying with court orders repeatedly."

Singhvi argued before the court if they are charging Karti with doing something illegal abroad, CBI could have a filed a contempt plea with the court and could have stopped him from travelling abroad. 

Tagged: Karti Chidambram   INX-Maxis media case   CBI  
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