Karti Chidambaram Sent to 5-Day CBI Custody in INX Media Case
New Delhi, Nov 19: The Supreme Court on Monday gave relief to Karti Chidambaram by allowing him to visit the United Kingdom from December 1-10 for his daughter’s admission. The apex court said Karti will have to submit an undertaking that he will return to India within the permitted time. Karti is an accused in INX Media bribery case.
Karti illegally took service charges for getting the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to the INX Media for receiving funds from abroad worth Rs 305 crore in 2007, when his father P. Chidambaram was the finance minister in the Congress-led UPA government.
Earlier, the court had asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to respond whether Karti Chidambaram could be allowed to travel abroad for four to five days. The top court also asked the probe agency as to what conditions can be imposed on Karti so that he does not escape.
The apex court had earlier on November 6 rejected Karti’s plea after the CBI opposed it, saying that he might tamper with the evidence, which is very crucial for the ongoing investigation, in the country.
A lookout notice issued by the CBI on July 18 prevents Karti from travelling abroad without the investigating agency’s permission.
(With inputs from agencies)