INX Media case: Delhi court extends Karti Chidambaram's CBI custody by 3 more days, next hearing on 15 March

The Patiala House Court in Delhi extended Karti Chidambaram's CBI custody for three more days on Friday in the INX Media case, even as the Delhi High Court granted him interim protection from arrest till 20 March in the PMLA case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The CBI argued that the existence of a new company has been uncovered and the report of the forensic examination of his hard disk has also come out. The CBI had sought his remand for six more days. The court will now hear the case on 15 March, CNN-News18 reported.

Karti Chidambaram arrives at Patiala House Court in New Delhi. PTI

File image of Karti Chidambaram at Patiala House Court in New Delhi. PTI

CBI has already taken nine days' police custody of Karti out of the 15 days prescribed under law. The CBI has also sought the court's permission to conduct a narco test on Karti.

While seeking extension of his custodial interrogation, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, said that a CD has been recovered in connection with the case which needed to be sent to Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) for examination.

The ASG said that new incriminating materials have been found and he has to be confronted with them. However, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is the party colleague of P Chidambaram, opposed any further custodial interrogation of Karti.

"It's tragic for me (Karti). They have no new reason for my remand. They are inventing one. CBI has to justify remand every day and every minute," Singhvi said on behalf of Karti.

Singhvi also argued that the case is ten years old and all documents are available with the CBI.

Before commencing the proceedings on Karti, the court extended the judicial custody of his CA, S Bhaskararaman, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the case, till 22 March. 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.

Karti was arrested on 28 February at the Chennai airport on his return from the UK. The CBI had lodged an FIR on 15 May last year alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was the Union finance minister.

The agency has alleged that Karti had received funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh in the case. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also registered a money laundering case in the INX Media case.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Mar 09, 2018 17:51 PM

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