Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, is learnt to have filed a caveat in the Supreme Court seeking hearing if the ED chose to challenge the Delhi High Court's order providing him relief in the alleged money laundering case, DHNS reports from New Delhi.
The interim relief to Karti Chidambaram, 46, from "any coercive action" taken against him by the ED till the next hearing of the case came a day after the Supreme Court transferred to the Delhi High Court his plea seeking quashing of summons issued by the probe agency. The agency can apply for yet another three days of police custody under the law, which allows 15 days of police remand.
Mr. Rana asked the CBI to produce the accused on March 12 at 12 noon.
Karti on Saturday pleaded for hearing his plea following the extension of police custody ordered by a special Central Bureau of Investigation court yesterday.
At this, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, undertook that the accused shall be shifted to the room where he was previously kept, and all other things will be taken care of, as per rules.
"The CBI has been able to give sufficient ground and justified reasons to show that it is possible to uphold the contention of the CBI that for the objective of further and complete investigation, further custody of the accused is necessary to ensure continuity and to speed up investigation to secure the evidence, which may be useful at the trial or to arrive at the truth", the judge said in his order.
A lookout notice issued by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on July 18 prevented Karti from travelling overseas without the investigating agency's permission.
Besides, Directorate of Enforcement (ED) had registered a money laundering case against Karti in May 2017 for his role in facilitating clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for INX Media Ltd and its Directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea both accused in the murder of Sheena Bora and others.
Meanwhile, the court asked the agency to file a reply to Mr. Karti's bail application and fixed March 15 for the hearing.
The ASG submittted that Karti has so far been maintaining "a false stand" that he was not connected to the firm, but the new documents seized during the raid showed the company belonged to him or his family members and he needed to be confronted with them. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, party colleague of Chidambaram, opposed any further custodial interrogation of Karti.
"It's tragic for me (Karti)". They are inventing one.
The agency will soon send letters rogatory (judicial request seeking information from foreign countries) to Singapore, Greece, Spain, Mauritius and the United Kingdom to know about the money trail of ASCPL and other companies. "CBI has to justify remand every day and every minute", Singhvi said on behalf of Karti.
The bench asked Mehta "What if Karti is arrested by the ED as soon as he is released by the CBI from its custody?"