Karti's case: CBI not caged parrot but 'singing parrot' of govt: Sibal

Ebony Scott
March 2, 2018

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram appeared to have a premonition of the arrest of his son Karti when he filed a petition recently in the Supreme Court apprehending "continued harassment" to him and his family members.

He was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Sumeet Anand and the CBI sought his custodial interrogation for 15 days claiming that he was not cooperating in the probe.

Due to his hospitalisation, the CBI's one-day custody was virtually wasted as it got Karti's custody only at 7:30 pm and he returned from the hospital this morning, he said. He also rejected the charge of possible tampering with the evidence by Karti, saying this was a 10-year-old case based on documents and there was no question of tampering.

The Patiala House Court granted the CBI 5-day custody, a day after Karti Chidambaram was arrested.

Karti (46) was arrested by the CBI from the Chennai airport on his return from London in connection with the agency's probe in the INX Media case. "Non-cooperation does not mean that he replies to the agency in the way they want him to". The CBI, represented by ASG Tushar Mehta, moved an application before the court seeking a fourteen-day remand for Chidambaram in order to properly conduct their interrogation.

He also alleged that Indrani Mukherjea made the confessions under the compulsion of the CBI as she is in its custody in the case of the brutal murder of her own daughter. Karti Chidambaram's answer does not suit the CBI, Singhvi said, so the agency is alleging him of being "non-cooperative".

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The Congress on Thursday said the Narendra Modi government was harassing senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram's family but protecting those who fled the country after siphoning off Rs 39,000 crore of public money. He alleged that one of the grounds for arresting Karti was that the CBI had recorded statement of Indrani Mukerjea, former Director of INX Media (P) Ltd, before a magistrate on February 17 in which she had said that Karti had "accepted one million dollars from INX Media" at the Hyatt Hotel. He was produced in court after the expiry of his one-day custody. He also argued that Karti was summoned twice by the CBI on August 23 and 28 previous year and he was interrogated for 22 hours by the agency.

Special Judge Sunil Rana extended Karti's custody till March 6, 2018, 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".

Enforcement Directorate had before affirmed that INX Media had gone into a criminal intrigue with Karti with an expect to wriggle out of the circumstance with no correctional activity.

The CBI said that in May 2007, the first FIPB approval was given to INX Media and in April 2008, this reference was made in the finance ministry.

"CBI is going by evidence".

From June 2008 onward, the bribe money was started being paid.

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