In huge trouble for Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son, Karti Chidambaram, CBI has informed the Supreme Court that he has ‘tampered’ with evidence related to a corruption case against him during his recent visits abroad, according to reports. Karti had on October 4 approached the Supreme Court on the issue of a summons issued to him by the CBI in the Aircel Maxis case. Karti, who was asked by the CBI to appear for questioning in the matter on Wednesday, sent a five-page submission through his lawyer asking the agency not to insist on his appearance in the matter.
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta made the submission before a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra while justifying the Look Out Circular (LOC) against Karti, who is facing a probe in the case of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for allegedly receiving overseas funds in 2007. “The LOC has two purposes. First, considering the investigation, he (Karti) may not become an outlaw. Second, he can tamper with the evidence outside India,” Mehta, who was appearing for the CBI, said.
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Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Karti, objected to this and said if the ASG was placing them (information in sealed cover) in court, then he too was entitled to a copy. Sibal said the purpose of the LOC had been served, as he has “appeared before the investigating agency”. He stressed that Karti is not an accused as he not been charged yet. But the CJI pointed out that “once an FIR is filed, the person named therein is an accused”.
On May 26, the CBI had launched searches at multiple premises linked to P Chidambaram and his son Karti in connection with alleged favours granted in FIPB clearance to a firm. Official sources in Delhi had said the searches were spread across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Gurugram, according to PTI reports.