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INX Media case: Karti Chidambaram sent to judicial custody till March 24

The Delhi court said the jail manual would be followed in regard to Karti Chidambaram’s plea seeking separate cell and protection in Tihar Jail. The court denied his request for home food in jail.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2018 23:14 IST
Azaan Javaid
Azaan Javaid
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Karti Chidambaram leaves Patiala House Court in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday sent Karti Chidamabaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, to judicial custody till March 24 in connection with the INX Media corruption case. Karti , who was arrested on February 28 from Chennai airport, was produced before the trial court on the expiry of his police remand.

While CBI today did not press for further custody of Karti, his lawyer’s filed a bail application and also moved the court requesting a separate room and bathroom for Karti in case the judge decides to send the accused to jail.

After hearing arguments of the both sides, Karti’s bail application was dismissed by special CBI judge Sunil Rana stating that Karti’s bail plea, that was moved by senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi last week, was scheduled to be heard on March 15.

Karti was then taken to Tihar jail by officials of CBI. However later in the day his lawyers moved the Delhi High Court seeking his bail. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the matter would be heard on Tuesday.

Back in the trial court, the probe agency told the court today that they no longer required Karti’s custody as the accused, throughout his questioning, was “evasive and non-cooperative.The probe agency told the court that “there is sufficient material clearly implicating the accused in the serious economic offence, it is absolutely necessary that accused me be remanded to judicial custody” .

Representing Karti , Senior Advocate Dayan Krishnan requested the court that his client should be considered a security prisoner if he was being sent to judicial custody. Krishnan told the court that Karti should be provided a separate room and not be made to use the common bathroom as he was at security risk.

Krishnan said that Karti’s father, P Chidambaram,had been India’s union Home Minister, and during his tenure a lot of suspected terrorists and other individuals involved in terrorist violence were arrested of whom some might be in Tihar as well. Krishnan said this posed a genuine security threat to Karti at the hands of individuals who have been detained on charges of terrorism during P Chidambaram’s stint as Home Minister.

Opposing the security application, the CBI argued that while there may be a threat to P Chidambaram, no threat lies to Karti or his family members, as they continue to travel around the country at free will.

“The apprehension raised by the senior counsel for accused cannot be ignored keeping in view the social status of accused and his family, more specifically, his father who is a former union minister.

“However, only keeping in view the fact of social status of accused and his father, he cannot be treated different from other accused persons and cannot be allowed to be kept in separate prison. However, lock up in-charge and jail superintendent are directed to provide and ensure proper security and safety to accused during judicial custody, as per rules,” the court said.

First Published: Mar 12, 2018 15:16 IST