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Karti Chidambaram arrested, updates: Delhi's Patiala House court sends accused to one-day police custody

Karti Chidambaram has been arrested in Chennai in the INX Media case after returning from London for non-cooperation with the CBI.

FP Staff February 28, 2018 20:22:07 IST
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Karti Chidambaram arrested, updates: Delhi's Patiala House court sends accused to one-day police custody

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13:36 (ist)

Indrani Mukerjea claims on camera that businessman demand $1 mn from her

Former media executive Indrani Mukerjea has reportedly claimed that Karti Chidambaram demanded $1 million from her, and that she paid him a part of this sum, at a hotel in New Delhi last year. After Firstpost reported on this allegation on 28 February, a confessional video, accessed by Times Now, depicts Indrani making the same allegation, adding that she "doesn't care" about her credibility being questioned by Karti, or his father, former finance minister P Chidambaram, because she recorded her testimony before a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC. Mukerjea, according to the on-camera revelation released by Times Now, also claimed that she met P Chidambaram in his North Block office.

13:44 (ist)

How can you trust Indrani Mukherjea, asks Tamil Nadu Congress

Around 200 Congress leaders held protests in Chennai on Thursday, raising slogans against the BJP over Karti Chidambaram's arrest, reported News18. Questioning teh truth behind Indrani Mukherjea's statement implicating Karti and his father P Chidambaram, Congress leader Peter Alphonse said: "How can you trust the statement of Indrani Mukerjea? Her mental status is questionable. She has been in jail for two years. Her statement is questionable in court of law. This is a case of political vendetta.”

10:28 (ist)

Claiming vendetta isn't enough; it's time to substantiate charges with evidence

If one gets into details of the charges against Karti Chidambaram, his arrest will hardly come as a surprise. Instead, it would only look delayed, argues Raghav Pandey in this Firstpost article.

Even principally, such heinous allegations can't be brushed aside by just terming them "political vendetta". If at all the Congress party thinks that such actions are a result of a witch-hunt, it is incumbent upon them to come out with a factual rebuttal of the charges. These allegations have been floating in the media for over a year now, and all the Chidambaram father-son duo has done is deny them, instead of actually disproving them.

It is to be understood that a mere denial holds no value in the eyes of law, or for people at large; it should be substantiated with evidence.

10:02 (ist)

Patiala House court to also hear Chartered Accountant S Bhaskararaman's bail plea

According to Business Standardthe Patiala Court will also be hearing the bail plea of S Bhaskararaman, Karti's CA, regarding the same case. He had filed the plea before the court on Wednesday. The Enforcement Directorate had arrested Bhaskararaman from a hotel on 16 February, after which he was sent to judicial custody for 14 days on 26 February, the report added.

08:04 (ist)

Following arrest Karti Chidambaram wanted to fly first class to New Delhi: Report

According to India Today, Karti Chidambaram demanded he be flown first class to New Delhi after his arrest at Chennai airport on Wednesday morning. However, the CBI was firm that rules only allowed travel by economy class. 

"Karti then tried to persuade Jet Airways to let him use his frequent flyer mileage to get an upgrade. The CBI resisted and managed to get him to fly economy," a senior agency official told India Today TV.

07:15 (ist)

Indrani Mukherjea claims they paid $7 lakh for FIPB clearance

Karti Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on Wednesday on the basis of confessional statements of INX Media Limited directors Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, alleging that they paid $7 lakh to him on the instructions of his father P Chidamabaram, as quid pro quo for a FIPB clearance, officials said.

The couple had also admitted that they subsequently met Karti at a five-star hotel in Delhi, where he allegedly made a demand of $1 million, they said, adding that this was reiterated by Indrani before the magistrate as well.

Indrani, they said, had confirmed in her statement to the CBI and ED that a payment of $7 lakh was made to the bank accounts of overseas firms linked to Karti.

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Mar 06, 2018 - 17:52 (IST)

Karti Chidambaram brought to CBI headquarters in Delhi

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:33 (IST)

P Chidambaram and Nalini outside Patiala House Court

Mar 06, 2018 - 17:10 (IST)

I-T said Karti spent Rs 3.3 crore on US property

I-T claims that Karti spent Rs 3.3 crore on US property and bought assets with the INX bribe money. Sources say Karti will be prosecuted under black money laws, CNN-News 18 reported. CBI said original will that gave firm to Karti's minor daughter was missing. 

Mar 06, 2018 - 16:51 (IST)

Karti's CBI custody extended to 3 days, next hearing on 9 March at 2 pm

Mar 06, 2018 - 16:34 (IST)

Court to declare order on Karti Chidambaram shortly 

Mar 06, 2018 - 16:19 (IST)

ASG Tushar Mehta asks people to wait for verdict

Mar 06, 2018 - 15:41 (IST)

Karti not a terrorist with bomb, says Singhvi

Singhvi's last argument was Karti is not a terrorist with a bomb that he cannot be interrogated without keeping him in custody.

Mar 06, 2018 - 15:27 (IST)

CBI gave no reasons but kept repeating 'we have to interrogate': Singhvi

Mar 06, 2018 - 15:25 (IST)

Singhvi says it comes to 3 factors of flight risk, direct tampering of evidence and non-cooperation 

Abhishek Manu Singhvi argues, "It comes down to three factors: flight risk, direct tampering of evidence and non-cooperation. This non-cooperation is not by way of answers given but by way of not submitting before the court."

Mar 06, 2018 - 15:12 (IST)

Delhi court reserves order

While the Patiala House Court has reserved the order on Karti's bail application, we will come to know if he will get bail or not at 4.30 pm. 

Latest updates

The CBI today arrested Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in connection with its probe in the INX media case, officials said. Delhi's Patiala House court sent Karti Chidambaram to one-day police custody.

Karti was arrested at Chennai airport at around eight in the morning when he returned from the United Kingdom, they said.

Karti Chidambaram has been arrested in Chennai in the INX Media case for non-cooperation with the CBI. He is set to be brought to Delhi later in the evening.

Karti Chidambaram has landed in Delhi, according to Times Now. CBI cars are waiting in which he will be taken to Patiala House court.

The focus of CBI's remand application is that once Chess Management was hired, rules were made for his 'services'

Both P Chidambaram as well as Nalini Chidambaram have refused to answer any questions about Karti's arrest, reported CNN-News18 and India Today.

The Congress has reacted to Karti Chidambaram's arrest, saying it was "diversionary tactics", and a result of "political vendetta" by the Centre.

With the arrest coming only a day before the Parliament reconvenes, political observers told NDTV that it could blunt the Opposition's attack on the government's alleged soft stance on corruption.

The CBI had earlier carried out searches at the homes and offices of Karti across four cities for allegedly receiving money from the media firm owned by the Peter and Indrani Mukerjea to scuttle a tax probe.

The CBI had filed the FIR against Karti Chidambaram and the Mukerjeas on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, receiving illegal gratification, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct.

Karti Chidambaram arrested updates Delhis Patiala House court sends accused to oneday police custody

File image of Karti Chidambaram. PTI

The agency has alleged that Karti received money from INX Media for using his influence to manipulate a tax probe against it in a case of violation of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) conditions to receive investment from Mauritius. The CBI has said it has also recovered vouchers of Rs 10 lakh which were allegedly paid for the services.

These vouchers were issued in favour of Advantage Strategic Consulting (P) Limited, a firm "indirectly" owned by Karti Chidambaram, the CBI had alleged.

Former finance minister P Chidambaram, after the CBI searches on 16 May, had issued a strong statement in response to the raids, saying the government was using the CBI and other agencies to target his son.

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