Karti Chidambaram remanded in 13-day judicial custody in Inx Media case

Karti Chidambaram in Tihar Jail till March 24

Karti Chidambaram can not be treated differently and allowed to be kept in a separate prison, a special court said here on Monday, while remanding him in judicial custody till March 24.

When the CBI opposed the plea for separate cell on the ground that if at all there was any threat, it was to P Chidambaram and not his son, Krishnan expressed shock and said the CBIs objection has enhanced the threat perception.

The court also dismissed Karti's appeal for an urgent hearing on his bail plea, forcing his legal team to move the Delhi High Court with a similar appeal.

"But, he can not be treated different from other accused persons and can not be allowed to be kept in a separate prison", the court said. The CBI on Monday said that there were enough proofs against Karti and said it is absolutely necessary that the accused be remanded to the judicial custody. Karti's plea was that since his father dealt with various stringent penal laws like TADA, MCOCA, UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) and NDPS (Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Acts and many of these prisoners are facing prosecution under the same laws, he may face a threat from them. It alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds of about Rs 305 crore in 2007 when his father was Union finance minister. He needs to be secured in a separate prison and be given a separate bathroom. The threat exists, I hope the court to protect us.

"CBI opposing my security application shows that there is a malafide and a political intent". However, when the issue was taken up in the court on March 9, the agency decided not to press for it as of now while keeping its right to file application once again at the appropriate time. Now his bail plea will be heard on March 15.

Meanwhile, Karti's chartered accountant S Bhaskararaman, who is now in jail in a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has moved the court for anticipatory bail in the CBI case of INX Media.

The court denied Karti's request for home food in the jail. The CBI FIR, lodged on May 15 past year, had alleged irregularities in the FIPB clearance to INX Media. It, however, later revised the figure to Dollars 1 million (about Rs 6.50 crore at the current exchange rate and Rs 4.50 crore in 2007). In May 2017, the ED registered a money laundering case against Karti for allegedly facilitating Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for INX Media Ltd and Peter and Indrani Mukerjea when his father was the finance minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

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