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INX Media case: CBI moves SC challenging bail granted to Karti

Karthi Chidambaram, along with his family members, arrives to appear before the Egmore Court, in Chennai on Monday.

Karthi Chidambaram, along with his family members, arrives to appear before the Egmore Court, in Chennai on Monday.   | Photo Credit: K. Pichumani

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The CBI moved the Supreme Court on Monday challenging an order of the Delhi High Court granting bail to Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, in the INX Media case.

The agency has contended that it was “impermissible in law” for the High Court to entertain Mr. Karti’s bail plea as another bail plea was pending before a trial court here.

“Curiously, despite the pendency of the bail application” before the trial court, which had posted it for consideration on March 15, the High Court on March 12 entertained Mr. Karti’s bail plea, the agency said.

‘Incomplete study’

It sought quashing of the High Court’s order claiming that it had carried out an “incomplete” and “erroneous” examination of statements of witnesses and recorded “highly prejudicial findings” against the agency.

“The impugned order of the High Court erroneously concluded that discrepancies have emerged in the statements of the witnesses under section 161 Cr.PC (examination of witnesses by police),” the agency said.

“The High Court unreasonably concludes that the statements of senior officers of FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) under section 161 Cr.PC do not assign any specific role to the Respondent (Mr. Karti) in the alleged offence,” it added.

The CBI has contended that the High Court, while granting bail to Mr. Karti, should have kept in mind the nature of accusations in the case, especially in the light of the economic offence which has deep-rooted conspiracies and involves huge loss of public funds.

On March 23, the High Court granted bail to Mr. Karti taking into account the fact that he had joined the investigation before the CBI in terms of the order of the Supreme Court.

Mr. Karti was arrested by the CBI on February 28 from Chennai airport and thereafter he remained in police custody till March 12. Subsequently, he was sent to judicial custody.

The agency had alleged irregularities in a FIPB clearance given to a media house, INX Media, when his father was the Union Finance Minister.

Both Mr. Chidambaram and Mr. Karti have denied all allegations.

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