INX Media case: Karti Chidmabaram sent to judicial custody for 12 days

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

INX Media case: Karti Chidmabaram sent to judicial custody for 12 days

Karti, son of former union minister P Chidambaram, is accused of accepting money from INX Media in 2007 and 2008 in exchange for facilitating foreign investment approvals for the INX Media group, using the influence of his father, who was then Union finance minister.

Karti Chidambaram's father P Chidambaram was also present in the courtroom. "He can not be exposed to any of these criminals", Krishan said.

Soon after the CBI court's order allowing the plea to send him to judicial custody as it did not want custodial interrogation any more, Karti moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail, which said the matter will be heard on Tuesday. "The lock up incharge and the jail superintendent of Tihar jail, are directed to provide and ensure proper safety and security to the accused during the judicial custody as per rules", he said. "However, only keeping in view the fact of social status of the 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", said the special CBI judge.

Karti's counsel pleaded to the Special CBI court that he may be lodged in a separate jail inside Tihar as he may face threats from under trials and fellow prisoners.

Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who has already served 12 days since February 28 in police custody, was produced before a special judge on expiry of his three-day police custody. The CBI in the court said, "During the entire period of police custody remand, Karti Chidambaram was evasive and non-cooperative".

Reacting to the probe agency's submission, defence counsel said that there is serious apprehension of threat to Karti Chidambaram's life as CBI is opposing his plea seeking security arrangements in Tihar Jail. He has cited security threats in his request. I'm shocked that CBI can oppose my plea for security. Karti will be now kept in remand till March 24. The 46-year-old businessman was arrested at Chennai airport on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15, 2017.

As per reports, the CBI had initially alleged that Karti received Rs 10 lakh as bribe for the FIPB clearance.

Meanwhile, Karti's CA, S Bhaskararaman, has moved the court for anticipatory bail in the same case.

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