Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

'Go to hell': Karti Chidambaram's reply to CBI over phone passwords

'Go to hell': Karti Chidambaram's reply to CBI over phone passwords

Special CBI Judge Sunil Rana had on March 6 extended CBI's custody of Karti for three days after the agency claimed to have come across a new piece of "concrete" evidence against the son of former finance minister P Chidambaram.

Earlier, in a related development, the Supreme Court refused to give Karti interim protection from a possible arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). To every question, he was saying that "I am politically victimised".

Karti's name had cropped up in the case relating to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board's (FIPB) approval granted in 2007 for receipt of funds by INX Media when his father and Congress leader P Chidambaram was the finance minister during the previous UPA regime. "Can not divulge much about investigation but we need his further custody to confront him with the new facts", Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, told the court.

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The court has been hearing Karti's petition questioning the ED's parallel "roving investigation" under CBI probe.

Upon reaching the Byculla Central jail, Karti was made to face Indrani and Peter Mukerjea - the ex-directors of INX Media Ltd. Indrani Mukerjea had recently admitted before a magistrate that Karti had met her in a Delhi hotel and demanded Dollars 1 million in bribe for the FIPB clearance. He further said that Chidambaram was being uncooperative.

Mukerjea is now in a Mumbai prison in connection with murder case of her daughter Sheena Bora.

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Before the trial court, Singhvi opposed the CBI's plea against bail for Karti and said that the agency had already been granted "enough time" to interrogate Karti and he was not a terrorist with a bomb that he could not be interrogated without being kept in custody.

Karti Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on February 28 at Chennai airport on his return from Britain, in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15 previous year.

The arrest of Karti came nine months after the CBI registered an FIR against him on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, accepting gratification by corrupt or illegal means, influencing public servants and criminal misconduct. After his arrest in Chennai, CBI officials took him to Delhi by the afternoon.

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