INX media case: CBI seeks15-day judicial custody of Karti Chidambaram

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In May 2017, the ED registered a money laundering case against Karti for allegedly facilitating Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for INX Media Ltd and Peter and Indrani Mukerjea when his father was the finance minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. Karti's father P Chidambaram was also present in the courtroom. The special CBI court acknowledged that the accused is a son of a former union minister, however it said that his "social status" can not be the basis of providing him any special facility like a separate jail. The court fixed the hearing on Karti's bail plea on March 15.

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. After being grilled in police custody during the last few days, the CBI on Monday produced Karti in a Delhi court after his three-day police custody in the INX Media corruption case expired. He also sought a separate cell in case Karti was sent to judicial custody.

To this, Krishnan said it was shocking that the investigating agency was objecting to Karti's security in jail and such objection also enhanced the threat perception.

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.

It is noteworthy that Karti's lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, asking for an extension of the remand, said that the CBI comes with some excuse for remand every time.

The court allowed Karti to carry spectacles and medicines as per prescription subject to examination and approval by the jail doctor, but denied his request to carry toiletries, books, clothes and home food.

Karti has been in the custody of the CBI since his arrest on February 28, which was supposed to end on Friday.

The CBI had initially alleged that Karti Chidambaram received Rs 10 lakh as bribe for the FIPB clearance.

The high court, which took up the issue on its own after judges from Tamil Nadu forwarded the tweets made by the editor to it, said one of the two tweets by the senior scribe was "directly attacking the Supreme Court". It, however, later revised the figure to $1 million (about Rs 6.50 crore at the current exchange rate and Rs 4.50 crore in 2007).

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