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Madras High Court stays look out notice against Karti Chidambaram until 4 September

The Madras High Court on Thursday stayed a look out circular (LOC) against Karti Chidambaram, in a corruption case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) until 4 September, ANI reported.

File image of Kari Chidambaram. CNN-News18

File image of Kari Chidambaram. CNN-News18

Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and CBI had issued a lookout notice against Karti Chidambaram in the alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance obtained by INX media house in which he held a stake.

Karti had then moved the high court seeking to quash the circular notice on the grounds that it could be issued only when the person in question repeatedly fails to co-operate with the probe authorities. The court then asked for more clarification in the case from the Union home ministry and adjourned the case till 4 August.

According to The Indian Express report, the circular was issued by the Foreigner Regional Registration Officer at the Bureau of Immigration under the Ministry of Home Affairs on 18 July.

The Indian Express report further added that in his petition, Karti said: "...The circular is a well thought out and meticulously orchestrated fraudulent plan of the CBI to stop me at the airport as and when I proceed abroad by springing an unpleasant surprise on me and leak it to the media that I am detained at the airport and cause embarrassment to me....”

According to The Times of India, Karti in his petition had also accused the Centre of political vendetta.

The report further added that in his petition Karti said that the central government has been pursuing a politically motivated vendetta against his family and all persons even remotely connected to him were being targeted.

Updated Date: Aug 10, 2017 17:18 PM

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