CBI special court on Tuesday extended the custody of Karti Chidambaram for three more days as the investigating agency sought his further questioning in the INX media case. Karti, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, was arrested by the CBI last week and was produced before the court in Delhi after his five days custody got over.
The CBI had sought extension of custody by nine more days arguing Karti needs to be questioned further. The agency also claimed that he is not cooperating and not sharing the password of his mobile phone, which is required to work on leads they have.
Karti’s counsel, on the other side, objected to the CBI plea for extension of custody calling the case “politically motivated”. Karti had moved a bail application, which will be taken up on March 9, the day his three-day remand gets over.
Earlier, in a set-back to Karti Chidambaram, the Supreme Court refused to grant any interim relief on his plea seeking protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing an alleged money laundering case involving him.
The court, though, issued notice to the ED seeking their response at the earliest and has fixed next hearing of the matter on Thursday.
In his fresh writ petition, Karti Chidambaram has challenged the summons on the ground that the ED has no jurisdiction to issue such notices based on the FIR lodged by the CBI.
The plea was taken up by the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. In a short ruling, the bench declined any interim relief saying it may impact the on-going case.
An FIR, filed on May 15 last year, had alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was Union finance minister.
The Chidambarams, however, have denied all the charges made against them.