Karti is accused of receiving kickbacks a decade back to clear foreign investment into INX Media group, using the influence of his father P. Chidambaram, who was then the Union finance minister. Karti alleges that the investigation against him is "borne out of political vendetta" and that the CBI is "acting at the behest of the central government" to malign the image of his father P Chidambaram.
The 1995 death of biscuit baron Rajan Pillai was also cited, as Karti Chidambaram said he did not want to be exposed to attacks. Karti's counsel have moved the court with a plea for his bail from the custody. Also, the Court directed the police to ensure that Karti gets adequate security inside the jail. "However, only keeping in view the fact of social status of the accused and his father, he can not be treated different from other accused persons and can not be allowed to be kept in a separate prison", said the special CBI judge.
Now CBI will question S Bhaskar Raman and Karti in judicial custody, in Tihar Jail.
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The investigation agency did not press for any further police custody but moved an application for a fifteen day judicial custody while Karti moved an application seeking separate prison cell during judicial custody.
While rejecting Karti's plea for separate cell and bathroom, Special Judge Sunil Rana said he can not be treated differently from other accused persons just because of his and his father, former union minister P Chidambaram's social status.
It is noteworthy that Karti's lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, asking for an extension of the remand, said that the CBI comes with some excuse for remand every time. The court said the authorities would follow the jail manual in this regard, also denying his request for home food in the jail. "He be produced on March 24", the special judge said. The court is likely to take up Bhaskararaman's plea later today.
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Karti was arrested on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on 15 May.
The CBI initially alleged that Karti received Rs 10 lakh as bribe for the FIPB clearance.
The fresh evidence in the case, which triggered Karti Chidambaram's arrest, was based on the statement of Indrani Mukerjea, former director of INX Media (P) Ltd, who recorded it under section 164 of CrPC before a magistrate on February 17.
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