At last Karti’s bag of tricks to evade from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has ended. The Supreme Court on Friday directed Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, to appear before investigators at the CBI headquarters on August 23 for interrogation. The court also clarified that the accompanying lawyer would sit in an adjoining room to the place where Karti will be quizzed by CBI investigators.
At one point the Judges asked: “Do you want to say you are so good that you don’t want to appear before CBI?”
The bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud gave CBI the liberty to question him for as many days as it wants till August 28, the next date of hearing. Rejecting Karti’s advocate Gopal Subramanium’s arguments, the apex court reiterated that none of his excuses will prevail as he is evading the agencies. Karti was present in the court.
Gopal Subramanium’s arguments that Enforcement Directorate (ED) was harassing Karti and father Chidambaram were rejected by Court, reminding that no one is above the law. At one point the Judges asked: “Do you want to say you are so good that you don’t want to appear before CBI?”
It also asked Karti to carry all necessary documents required to defend himself against the allegations made by the CBI in the First Information Report (FIR). The bench has now posted the matter for consideration on August 28 and asked both parties to file their respective reports with regard to the investigation and other aspects of the case.
The apex court had on August 14 said that Karti would not be allowed to leave India without subjecting himself to an investigation in the corruption case for accepting kickbacks from INX Media for illegal FIPB clearance given by father Chidambaram. The apex court, which stayed the Madras High Court order putting on hold the look out circular (LOC) issued by the Centre against Karti, had sought to know when he would make his appearance for questioning before CBI.
After CBI questioning, the ED is expected to interrogate Karti in the INX media kickback case and other cases. After Karti’s questioning, the agencies are expected to summon father Chidambaram and the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) officials.
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