Trial court sends Karti Chidambaram to Tihar Jail for 12 Days

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

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

Defence counsels Dayan Krishnan and Mohit Mathur told the court that Karti Chidambaram's father has dealt with various stringent penal laws such as TADA, MCOCA, Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act and NDPS Act. "The lock up incharge and the jail superintendent of Tihar jail, are directed to provide and ensure proper safety and security to the accused during the judicial custody as per rules", he said. Today, the investigative agency asked for judicial custody of 15 days, claiming that Karti isn't cooperating during questioning, reported ANI.

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. The high court will hear his petition on March 13.

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.

The CBI Judge, after hearing the parties, observed that no separate prison shall be provided to Karti. The organisation investigating me should be concerned about my security. We are outraged with the CBI stand on Karti's plea.

Meanwhile, the bail plea of Karti, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, was rejected today as the court did not find merit in his plea. The court dismissed Karti's plea for early hearing of his bail application.

The court, however, allowed Karti to carry spectacles and medicines as per prescription subject to examination and approval by the jail doctor, but denied his request to carry toiletries, books, clothes and home food.

Karti Chidambaram was arrested in February for allegedly taking money to facilitate Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media in 2007 when his father was the Finance Minister in the United Progressive Alliance government. Karti will be now kept in remand till March 24. It, however, later revised the figure to $1 million (about Rs 6.50 crore at the current exchange rate and Rs 4.50 crore in 2007).

The fresh evidence in the case, which triggered Karti Chidambaram's arrest, was based on the statement of Indrani Mukerjea, former director of INX Media (P) Ltd, who recorded it under section 164 of CrPC before a magistrate on February 17.

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