The Supreme Court on Friday morning said the look-out notice against former finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti will continue until September 11, as per ANI. The decision was taken after CBI told the apex court that there is a good, cogent reason for lookout circulars against Karti Chidambaram, PTI reported. The Supreme Court also refused Karti’s plea to move abroad and made it clear that he will not be allowed to leave India. The next hearing in the case will take place on September 11.
In last hearing, the Apex Court had directed Karti to appear before the probe agency in the case. Karti was earlier directed by the Madras High Court to approach a court in Delhi to quash the FIR lodged against him in the bribery case. Back then, Karti was told that he should take his petition to the Delhi High Court as the case does not come under the jurisdiction of Madras High Court. The former FM’s son had moved the court after the Supreme Court asked him to appear before the CBI in New Delhi, to help the investigating agency with its probe.
The Madras High Court had also stayed the Look Out Circular (LOC) issued against Karti and four others last month. Karti landed in trouble when CBI raided Chidambaram’s residence, along with 13 other locations in New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai and Chandigarh on May 16. The raids were regarding a 2007 case, in which INX Media had allegedly paid bribes to get a FIPB approval. A FIR was filed against Karti, Indrani Mukherjee and Peter Mukerjea, who owned INX media.
On August 28, the CBI had questioned Karti for the second time in a corruption case of alleged clearance given to a media group owned by Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani for bringing foreign funds into their venture, PTI had reported citing sources. Three suspected associates of Karti –Bhaskar Raman, Ravi Vishwanathan, and Mohanan Rakesh were also questioned in connection with the case.
According to PTI, the apex court has also asked CBI to respond to Karti’s affidavit on his questioning by investigators in the case of alleged graft.