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

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

The court sent him to Tihar Jail after the CBI, in whose custody he was quizzed for 12 days in a row after his arrest on February 28 from Chennai, said he was no longer required for further custodial interrogation.

The investigation agency did not press for any further police custody but moved an application for a fifteen day judicial custody while Karti moved an application seeking separate prison cell during judicial custody.

"During the entire period of police custody remand, Karti Chidambaram was evasive and non-cooperative".

The court dismissed his appeal for an urgent hearing on his bail plea as also his threat perception as his father P Chidambaram who, as a union minister in the previous UPA government, had handled several sensitive issues.

On March 9, a Delhi court had sent him to CBI custody for three days.

"His (Karti) father P Chidambaram has dealt with stringent penal laws including TADA and MCOCA, posing a huge security threat to Karti", the senior advocate said, adding that he needs to be secured in a separate prison and be given a separate bathroom. Karti Chidambaram's father P Chidambaram was present in the courtroom during the hearing.

However, the court directed the lock-up in-charge and jail superintendent of Tihar Jail to provide and ensure proper safety and security to accused during the judicial custody as per rules.

Retorting to CBI Counsel's arguments, Krishnan submitted that their apprehension becomes even more serious with the CBI opposing their security application.

He was arrested on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15 past year. Today the CBI would appraise the court about the fresh details that have cropped up following the questioning of Karti's chartered accountant, Bhaskararaman.

Directorate of Enforcement had registered a money laundering case against Karti and others in May 2017 for his role in facilitating clearance from the FIPB for INX Media Ltd and its Directors Peter and Indrani Mukherjea, both of whom are accused in the murder of Sheena Bora. The arrested was based on the FIR that had been made against him in May, last year, which alleged that there were some discrepancies in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media. The amount of bribe has been reported Rs. 4.50 crore.