Karti Chidambaram fails to get relief from high court in tax evasion case

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Published: January 14, 2020 9:05 AM

The counsels for the petitioners once again made mention before the Chief Justice later seeking an urgent hearing on Monday, a day before the special court is scheduled to hear the matter.

When the plea against framing of charges in the tax case against Karti and his wife Srinidhi came up before Justice Anita Sumanth, counsels for the tax department said document seized from Advantage Strategic Private Limited was the basis for the cases.

A judge of the Madras High Court o Monday recused herself from hearing a plea of Congress M Karti Chidambaram, son of party leader P Chidambaram, and his wife in connection with a case of alleged income tax evasion and another declined to entertain it. When the plea against framing of charges in the tax case against Karti and his wife Srinidhi came up before Justice Anita Sumanth, counsels for the tax department said document seized from Advantage Strategic Private Limited was the basis for the cases.

They submitted that since she had represented the company when she was an advocate, it would not be appropriate for he to hear the petition. Senior advocate KTS Tulsi, representing the petitioner pleaded that the court should at least adjourn the matter till January 20 with an interim injunction against the special court from framing charges.

However, concurring with the submission of counsels fo the tax department, the judge recused herself from hearing the matter When the senior counsel made an urgent mention before Justice P Rajamanickam, the judge wondered how he could hear the plea since he was not the portfolio judge To this, senior counsel Nalini Chidambaram, mother o Karti, submitted they made a representation before the Chie Justice who had, in turn, directed the registry to list the matter before him, However, Justice Rajamanickam sought to know where is the order by the CJ, saying he cannot entertain the plea without the order “I was not aware of the facts of the case,” the judge added Counsels for the tax department raised several objections to the court hearing the matter.

They contended that the crime numbers mentioned by the petitioners were incorrect and must be rectified Also, the cases were not pending before the chief metropolitan magistrate court in Egmore as submitted by the petitioners. They are pending before the special court for cases against MPs and MLAs, the counsels said Justice Rajamanickam then said the counsels for the department were raising several objections which need to b addressed.

The counsels for the petitioners once again made mention before the Chief Justice later seeking an urgent hearing on Monday, a day before the special court is scheduled to hear the matter. Noting that he cannot make a decision without going int any note or order passed by Justice Rajamanickam, the Chie Justice asked the counsels to make a representation to the registrar (judicial) who would, in turn, forward the same t the office of the Chief Justice for appropriate orders.

The caste before the special court related to a complaint filed by the deputy director of income tax Investigation Chennai, before an economic offences court here on September 12, 2018, for offences under the I-T act The case was later transferred to the special court During the hearing, the I-T department submitted that Karti received Rs 6.38 crore in cash while his wife receive Rs 1.35 crore in cash for the sale of land near Muttukadu.

It has been alleged that the Karti’s mother Nalin Chidambaram received the payment in the form of cheque while their son and his wife received cash On January 7, the special court had dismissed discharge petition filed by Karti and his wife and ordered the prosecution to go ahead with the framing of charges an ordered both the accused to be present in the court on Januar 21.

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