ED demands Karti’s custodial interrogation in Aircel-Maxis probe. The Court directs Karti to reply on Sept 18

Is Karti Chidambaram going to be kicking and screaming all the way to be interrogated by the Enforcement Directorate?

Is Karti Chidambaram going to be kicking and screaming all the way to be interrogated by the Enforcement Directorate?
Is Karti Chidambaram going to be kicking and screaming all the way to be interrogated by the Enforcement Directorate?

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) tightened the noose on Karti Chidambaram on Monday by seeking his custodial interrogation in the Aircel-Maxis probe. In its
detailed petition in 2G Special Court, the ED charged Karti for being evasive in replying and repeatedly delaying to appear, citing that the interim protection granted by the trial court was totally misused by him.  After hearing the arguments of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Karti’s advocates, the Special Judge O P Saini sought replies from Karti by September 18.

Detailing the 26-page petition on the various incidents of Karti’s evasive and aggressive nature during the questioning and delaying tactics, ASG Tushar Mehta argued that the agency must need the custodial interrogation of the former Finance Minister Chidambaram’s son. Mehta informed the trial judge O P Saini that Karti was totally misusing the interim protection and said that the agency is going to approach the Supreme Court for more time for completion of the probe. As per the Supreme Court, CBI and ED have to finish the probe by September 12. “We need his custodial interrogation. He is totally evasive to basic questions. He is not answering simple questions like is this email sent by him or not,” said Mehta, reiterating the point that Karti was stretching the privilege of the interim protection granted by Judge O P Saini.

In the petition, ED said that Karti is arguing his “right of silence” during questioning. “Though the accused (Karti) did appear at times when called for investigation, each time he hindered the completion of the investigation and used to leave mid-way while intimating that he would not be able to appear for about a week. The said modus operandi was essentially to consult lawyers and tailor made answers to questions asked on the earlier date of examination, thus not revealing complete facts and also delaying the investigation,” said ED demanding custodial interrogation of Karti.

“Whenever he was confronted with the documents, he showed his irritation, sometimes anger and then conveniently avoided to answer the questions on one pretext or the other,” said ED narrating the tantrums and tricks played by Karti due to interim protection from arrest granted by Judge O P Saini.

ASG Tushar Mehta told the trial judge that they are also intimating the 2G Bench of the Supreme Court about the hardships faced by the agency on this regard.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. If no action is taken against father and son, father will become PM with finance portfolio. Jaitley and Rajnathjee should act fast and establish justice. Otherwise, NDA will be roasted by Congi.

    KARTI is getting extraordinary treatment from various courts, and all other prosecuting agencies.

  2. I wonder when the incumbent Govt will wake up to the fact that unless they put these 2 behind bars, 2019 will be a real tough. They can buy anything and bribe many authorities. As per previous article of Pgurus, if to believed, PC is hatching a 50K cr plan to get the Govt down in next elections and become PM.
    Still the current FM will enjoy the same position there as he is a close friend of PC than Govt. I am cncerned about my country.

  3. I agree with you Vinay. Saini is the ‘pointsman mole’ of UPA who has been assigned the special duty of sabotaging all the scam cases. He has the audacity to shoot down the prosecution cases one by one. The Judiciary, the Prosecution team, the CBI, the ED, the Secretariats – all are filled with ‘moles who are under UPA payrolls’. That explains why criminals like Chidu, Ma-Beta, the Pawars are still roaming free.

  4. हवालात में बंद करके पिछवाड़े में डंडा मारते रहेगा तो यह HIGH CLASS चोर अपने आप सच उगाल देगा

    • I agree with you Vinay. Saini is the ‘pointsman mole’ of UPA who has been assigned the special duty of sabotaging all the scam cases. He has the audacity to shoot down the prosecution cases one by one. The Judiciary, the Prosecution team, the CBI, the ED, the Secretariats – all are filled with ‘moles who are under UPA payrolls’. That explains why criminals like Chidu, Ma-Beta, the Pawars are still roaming free.

  5. he has contacts in high places and again the court will treat him with kid gloves, it’s the common man like us who have to watch all this in disbelief, court’s are for the rich and the urban naxals

  6. Why he should not be dealt with like ordinary citizens on this matter? Is rule of law different for such persons?
    Why the trial court is not acting tough? Many citizens are prisoners without any hearing in many prisons of this country which should be noted.

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