INX Media case: Karti Chidmabaram sent to judicial custody for 12 days

Karti Chidambaram

Karti Chidambaram gesturing to his supporters outside the court in Delhi | PTI

The CBI produced Karti Chidambaram in court today after his three-day police custody expired, and has now sought 15-day judicial custody, saying he remained "evasive" and "non-cooperative" during interrogation. Karti's advocate Daya Krishnan plea filed in the court says, "Since Chidambaram had taken charge as a home minister just after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and had several accused under MCOCA prosecuted, so there is an absolute threat to his life at Tihar Jail". Karti, a son of senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram, was arrested on February 28 by the CBI and has been in its custody since.

Karti has been in the custody of the CBI since his arrest on February 28, which was supposed to end on Friday. It also said that his bail plea would be heard on March 15 as scheduled.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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In a related development, the Delhi High Court gave a major relief to Karti Chidambaram, directing the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is separately probing the allegations, not to arrest him till the next hearing of the case on March 20.

He was remanded in CBI custody for three days after the investigative agency claimed it had recovered some incriminating documents and CD from the Chennai office of Advantage Strategic Pvt Ltd., a company linked to him.

Defence counsels Kapil Sibal and Singhvi told the court that they apprehended sequential arrests of their client by the ED after he was freed from the custody of the CBI. It, however, later revised the figure to $1 million (about Rs 6.50 crore at the current exchange rate and Rs 4.50 crore in 2007).

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