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Forty-six-year-old Karti, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Sumeet Anand, who allowed the request of his lawyers to have an interaction with the accused inside the court room.

However, hitting out at the government and CBI, Congress spokesperson RS Surjewala on Wednesday had raised the political temperature ahead of the second half of the monsoon session of Parliament by launching a scathing at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the wake of Karti Chidambaram's arrest.

The prosecution said Karti needed to be confronted with other accused, including his Chartered Accountant Bhaskar Raman, who is already in custody, and suspects in the case.

The court allowed Karti's lawyer to meet him for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening; medicines on prescription were permitted but no home-cooked food in custody.

The Mukerjeas, the CBI and ED claimed, also admitted to "have met Sh". The CBI had asked for a 14-day remand. "14 days' remand is minimum requirement for interrogation of the accused". Indrani was questioned by CBI on February 5 and 7. The firm was owned at the time by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, who are now in jail on charges of allegedly murdering Indrani's daughter Sheena Bora. "For this goal, his police custody remand for a period of 15 days is considered essential", the CBI said in the court.

Special Judge Sunil Rana extended Karti's custody till March 6 after the CBI contended that there were "very shocking evidences" of what he has done when he went overseas and alleging "when he went overseas, he closed bank accounts in which funds were received".

Chidambaram, who is also a senior advocate, had claimed in his plea that as part of "political vendetta", the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have made "vexatious" searches and issued the repeated summons in these cases.

He also said Karti never owned shares in any of the companies referred to by the CBI.

Senior advocate Abhishek Mani Singhvi, who is leading a team of lawyers for Karti, contended that in connection with the May 2017 first information report, the CBI has spent roughly 22 hours with Karti in August previous year and no fresh summons were issued to him after August 2017 till today which shows the agency has nothing more to ask him. The INX media case, dates back to 2007.

"It is my duty to satisfy the court", Mehta said while placing supreme court judgement and clarifies why the arrest was made.

The CBI alleges that after the income tax department started investigating, INX Media roped in Karti's company called Chess Management Services Pvt Ltd "to get the issues resolved" by influencing officials of the FIPB.

The Additional Solicitor General added that Karti had been perfectly fine that morning but had given evasive answers when the CBI questioned him.

The CBI is looking at a period between June 2008 to November 2008 as the period when the alleged bribe has been paid.

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