The court further asked the CBI court, which would hear CBI's plea for extension of Karti Chidambaram's remand, to pass an order without being influenced by the high court's view.

On Friday, the CBI moved two more applications, seeking court permission to confront Karti Chidambaram with his Chartered Accountant Bhaskar Raman.

Karti was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on February 28 at Chennai Airport on his return from London in connection with the INX media money laundering case. We would request the learned Chief Justice of the High Court to allocate the matter to a Bench that would deal with the matter preferably on 9th March, 2018.


Following HC's order, Karti can not be arrested by the ED if the CBI court grants him bail on March 15.

CBI submitted to the court that further custody was required for unearthing the "total conspiracy" hatched in the case and during the probe new revelations have come up so custodial interrogation was necessary to confront him with the new facts. He shall also be directed not to leave the country and surrender his passport, it said.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a special court here that the CBI had recovered a lot of documents proving that the senior Congress leader's son had direct links with Advantage Strategic.

Mehta claimed Karti was maintaining "a false stand" that he was not connected to Advantage Strategic Pvt Ltd, but the new documents seized during the raid showed that it belonged to him or his family members.


The ASG said the matter was at a crucial stage of probe, and a separate CBI investigation was going on in which he is already in CBI custody.

An FIR, filed on May 15 past year, had alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving Rs 305 crore in overseas funds in 2007 when P Chidambaram was Union finance minister.

Meanwhile, the court has extended the judicial custody of Karti's CA S Bhaskararaman, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the case, until March 22.

The CBI, which is separately probing the case, has alleged that Karti Chidambaram got kickbacks in 2007, when his father P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister, to clear foreign investment worth Rs 305 crore for INX Media - owned by Peter and Indrani Mukherjea.


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