Trial court sends Karti Chidambaram to Tihar Jail for 12 Days

Trial court sends Karti Chidambaram to Tihar Jail for 12 Days

The CBI on Monday did not seek further police custody of Karti and said that the accused may be sent to judicial custody citing "sufficient material clearly implicting him in the serious economic offence".

Karti's counsel has claimed that there is a threat to his client's life in Tihar Jail as the prison is populated by several terrorists and hardened criminals who had been convicted following investigations by various central agencies during the time when P Chidambaram was the Union home minister. CBI Special Judge Sunil Rana in his order stuck to equal treatment of prisoners, denying the request for separate jail cell and washroom as it would lead to Karti being "treated differently than other accused persons".

The CBI made out its case for 15 day judicial custody of Karti Chidambaram saying that the accused has not been cooperating with the investigating agency and was "non cooperative and evasive" through out the period of his questioning during police remand. Karti's counsel have moved the court with a plea for his bail from the custody. "He [Karti Chidambaram] can not be treated different from other accused persons and can not be allowed to be kept in separate prison", the court said.

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While rejecting Karti's plea for separate cell and bathroom, Special Judge Sunil Rana said he can not be treated differently from other accused persons just because of his and his father, former union minister P Chidambaram's social status. However, the CBI strongly refuted the plea stating that "there was no threat to Karti" and that he would be taken care of in accordance with jail rules, according to the report.

Defence counsels Dayan Krishnan and Mohit Mathur told the court that Karti Chidambaram's father has dealt with various stringent penal laws such as TADA, MCOCA, Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act and NDPS Act. The FIR alleged irregularities in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media for receiving Rs 305 crore from overseas in 2007 when his father was a minister. Mr Karti Chidambaram later moved the Delhi high court for bail. "Since the bail application is already fixed for filing of reply/consideration on March 15, the present application is dismissed", the court said. The CBI FIR, lodged on May 15 a year ago, had alleged irregularities in the FIPB clearance to INX Media.

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.

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