INX Media case: CBI granted Karti Chidambaram's custody till March 12 2018

INX Media case: CBI granted Karti Chidambaram's custody till March 12 2018

INX Media case: CBI granted Karti Chidambaram's custody till March 12 2018

In a massive setback, a special court in Delhi extended Karti Chidambaram's CBI custody by another 3 days.

Meanwhile, Karti's bail hearing is now slated for March 15.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra passed the order on Karti's plea despite strong opposition from Enforcement Directorate that the plea should not be allowed to be withdrawn but heard and disposed of.

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They, however, changed tactic to allow them to move the High Court after the Court appeared agreeing to Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta's submission that any interim protection to Karti would set a wrong precedent in 50 similar cases involving "ordinary criminals" that were pending before the court.

Karti's counsel has also alleged that he was kept in a separate room during his custody remand of the CBI starting from February 28 to March 6. The lawyers of Karti has argued that the Enforcement Directorate has no jurisdiction can not have any sort of investigation not related to the allegations in the FIR lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI. However, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is the party colleague of P Chidambaram, opposed any further custodial interrogation of Karti. They are inventing one.

The interim relief to Karti Chidambaram from "any coercive action taken against him" by the ED till March 20 comes a day after the Supreme Court transferred to the Delhi High Court his plea seeking quashing of summons issued by probe agency. He said the CD has been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) for examination.

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CBI Special Court, after hearing the plea of CBI, on Friday extended the CBI custody of Karti Chidambaram, son of former union minister P Chidambaram, till March 12.

Singhvi said the CBI needed to rest its demand for extending the custody of his client on solid grounds. This was again used as the CBI to seek an extension in custody as the investigating agency said it wanted to confront Karti with the revelations made by Bhaskar. It had registered an ECIR, against the accused named in a CBI complaint. "It is a 10-year old case, documents cannot be changed, witnessed can be changed".

CBI has told the court that both Karti and Bhaskararaman are the main conspirators in the INX media case and need to be confronted with each other when new facts and evidence have emerged in the case. He is accused by the CBI of receiving a bribe from the two owners of the company, Peter and Indrani Mukherjea.

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