New Delhi: Karti Chidambaram, who was arrested on Wednesday from Chennai airport’s arrival lounge in connection with the INX Media case, was sent to 5-day CBI custody by Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Thursday.
He will be produced before the court again on March 6. During the hearing, the CBI, represented by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, sought Karti’s custody for 14 days before the Sessions Court of Sunil Rana, citing lack of time for interrogation.
“The whole purpose of Wednesday’s custody was defeated when, after Karti’s medical examination, doctors got him shifted to Cardiac Care Unit. It was surprising because Karti didn’t complain about anything. He was perfectly fine in morning but gave evasive answers when questioned,” CBI said.
ASG Mehta argued that the CBI had proof of Advantage Strategic Consultancy Private Limited receiving kickbacks for favours to INX Media. “There is clear evidence of links between Karti Chidambaram and various companies.
We have emails and invoices indicating money was given to Advantage Strategic Consultancy Private Limited (ASCPL) in the time period when INX media received favours,” CBI said. The agency has maintained that Karti had indirect links with ASCPL, a fact vehemently denied by the Chidambarams.
The senior advocate and Congress member said it was P Chidambaram himself who had cleared the order for action against INX Media. Singhvi said a complaint was made to the I&B Ministry by a journalist to look into the alleged irregularities in INX Media.
This was forwarded to the Finance Ministry, which was headed by P Chidambaram then. Singhvi said P Chidambaram asked the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to take action against INX Media and later the Serious Frauds Investigation Office took over the probe and gave indicting report on the group in 2013. “It is preposterous that P Chidambaram at one hand cleared to prosecute INX and on the other hand he asked to help his son’s business, as per statement of Mukerjea,” Singhvi said.