INX Media case: CBI custody of Karti Chidambaram extended till March 12, ED not to arrest him till March 20
Karti Chidambaram has been given interim protection from “any coercive action taken against him” by the ED till March 20. However, the CBI was given an extension of his custody till March 12 to confront him with evidence from his chartered accountant.india Updated: Mar 09, 2018 23:09 IST
With the Central Bureau of Investigation’s custody coming to an end on Friday, and the Delhi High Court giving him protection from being arrested in the same case, Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, may have fancied his chances of being released, but that wasn’t to be, as a special CBI court sent him to police custody for three more days on Friday.
Karti was arrested by CBI last week in connection with a bribery case involving broadcaster INX Media. Seeking an extension of Karti’s custody by six days — he has already been in custody for 10 days — CBI said it needed to confront him with his chartered account S Bhaskararaman ,who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on February 16 and sent to judicial custody till March 22. The agency also moved an application seeking another confrontation between Karti and former media baron Indrani Mukherjea and her husband Peter Mukherjea, co-founders of INX Media, who are in a Mumbai jail in connection with the murder of the former’s daughter Sheena Bora.
Laying the ground for an extension, CBI, represented by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, claimed that in a recently conducted raid at the office of Advantage Strategic Private Limited (ASPL) in Chennai, agency sleuths recovered incriminating material in the form of records, voluminous documents and four hard discs that have been sent for examination.
Karti has been accused by CBI of controlling ASPL. CBI said that the material collected from the raids at previously a “unknown office” points to a nexus between ASPL and him.
It was at this point Karti’s lawyer, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, took on Mehta and said that the “unknown office” raided by CBI is actually the registered office address of ASPL on Nungambakkam High Road in Chennai.