Madras HC stays LOC against Karti Chidambaram, prevents him to travel abroad

Team SoOLEGAL 11 Aug 2017 5:31pm

Madras HC stays LOC against Karti Chidambaram, prevents him to travel abroad

The Madras High Court yesterday, stayed a Look Out Circular arbitrarily issued against Karti Childambaram, son of Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and four others, without any jurisdiction, preventing him from traveling abroad. Alleging all of them of having connections with a corruption case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation. 

The LOC was issued by the Foreigner Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) at the Bureau of Immigration under the Home Ministry affairs on July 18, last month under the Section 10B of the Passport Act on the request of different agencies. 

The Court also directed Center to submit an affidavit on the matter on September 4.     

Earlier, the LOC issued by Enforcement Directorate against Karti with alleged irregularities in securing Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) Approvals.

The Central Government also contended that Karti Chidambaram did not appeared before the Enforcement Directorate when Summoned.

Karti approached Madras High Court seeking to quash the circular and argued in his defense that LOC issued against him without prior notice under the political pressure, also that it may be issued only when the person in question repeatedly fails to cooperate with the probe authorities.

Senior Advocates Gopal Subramanium, Satish Parasaran, R Thiagarajan represented the petitioner Karti Chidambaram, and on the other side, Additional Solicitor General G Rajagopalan argued on behalf of the Center.

The interim order of extending the stay on LOC against Karti passed by Justice M Duraiswamy.     

The matter will be further discussed on September 4, on which date the State is expected to file a counter.

Tagged: Advocates Gopal Subramanium   Madras High Court  
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