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INX Media Case: Top Court asks ED dates for questioning Karti Chidambaram

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Enforcement Directorate to inform about the dates that they are looking for to interrogate Karti Chidambaram, son of Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram in connection with INX Media Case. The Court is slated to hear a plea of Karti Chidambaram seeking permission to travel abroad.

Karti Chidambaram had on February 28 was arrested from Chennai Airport by CBI, however, he was granted bail on March 23, 2018. Among the bail conditions was that he had to deposit his passport with the trial court.

On January 25, CBI told Delhi High Court that it wanted to carry out custodial interrogation of former Union Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case, in which the court had reserved its judgement.

“We are opposing the anticipatory bail of P Chidambaram and want to take him on the police remand for interrogation. We want to exercise our statutory right to investigate the case,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said while appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Earlier this month, Former Congress minister P Chidambaram was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to appear before it on the same case.

Both P Chidambaram and son Karti Chidambaram came under scanner in connection with  3,500 crore Aircel-Maxis and 305 crore INX Media. The INX Media is a venture promoted by former media baron Peter Mukherjea and Indrani Mukerjea.

The alleged irregularities date backs to 2006-07 when he was a Finance Minister in the UPA Government led by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

While in INX Media Case, Delhi High Court last month extended the interim protection from arrest to Chidambaram till January 15.

Chidambaram filed the anticipatory bail in May last year following which the Court has extended the relief time to time.

In October, the Enforcement Directorate attached assets worth Rs 54 crore of Karti Chidambaram in India, the UK, and Spain in connection with the case, the action Karti said was “bizarre and outlandish”.

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