INX Media case: ED can't arrest Karti till March 20

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However, Karti's counsel moved the court to hear his bail plea which was listed for 15 March on Monday. Currently, he has been sent to judicial custody till March 25 in the INX Media Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance case.

The court noted the submission of Karti's counsel that he was the son of former union finance and home minister P Chidambaram, now a member of Rajya Sabha who had dealt with various stringent penal laws such as TADA, MCOCA, UAPA and NDPS.

INX Media Case: Karti Chidambaram Sent to Judicial Custody Till March 24, Home-Food Demand Rejected
INX Media corruption case: Karti Chidambaram sent to judicial custody till March 24

Extending Karti Chidambaram's custody, the court told the CBI to confront him with the Chartered Accountant at Tihar Jail.

Karti's counsel pleaded to the Special CBI court that he may be lodged in a separate jail inside Tihar as he may face threats from under trials and fellow prisoners.

CBI's counsel V.K. Sharma submitted that apprehension of accused is without any basis as accused has regularly been visiting overseas.

CBI then argued in opposition to the plea for separate cell on the ground of "threats", and said if at all they were threats, they would be for P Chidambaram and not for Karti.

Meanwhile, the CBI is set to seek an extension of Karti's custody. 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.

"However, only keeping in view the fact of social status of accused and his father, he can not be treated different from other accused persons and can not be allowed to be kept in separate prison". Also, the Court directed the police to ensure that Karti gets adequate security inside the jail. The court said the authorities would follow the jail manual in this regard, also denying his request for home food in the jail. However the court rejected the plea seeking to carry books, toilettries, clothes and others. The 46-year-old businessman was arrested at Chennai airport on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15, 2017. The CBI had initially alleged that Karti Chidambaram received Rs 10 lakh as bribe for facilitating Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media.

Karti is under the custody of the CBI which produced him today before a special court here which sent him to judicial custody till March 24 in the INX Media corruption case and dismissed his plea that he be put in a separate cell in Tihar Jail in view of a threat perception.