INX Media Case: Karti Chidambaram Sent To Tihar Jail Till 24 March

| March 12 , 2018 , 15:16 IST

The Patiala High Court on Monday sent Karti Chidambaram to judicial custody till March 24 in connection with the INX Media case, where he is accused of money laundering.

Karti, son of former union minister P Chidambaram, is accused of accepting money from INX Media in 2007 and 2008 in exchange for facilitating foreign investment approvals for the INX Media group, using the influence of his father, who was then Union finance minister.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its plea to the court, claimed that there was enough material to implicate Karti in the case, adding that he had been non-cooperative during questioning.

"During the entire period of police custody remand, Karti Chidambaram was evasive and non-cooperative. Hence, CBI is conducting investigation of the case without the co-operation of the accused," the CBI said in court.

"Therefore, under the circumstances when there is sufficient material clearly implicating the accused in this serious economic offence, it is absolutely necessary that the accused be remanded to the judicial custody," the CBI said.

Although the Delhi High Court had granted Karti relief, by barring his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate till March 20, the barring of arrest was not applicable in the case of an arrest by the CBI.

The Congress earlier alleged that the probe into Karti Chidambaram is a 'divisionary tactic' to take the glare away from absconder Nirav Modi and the multi-crore Punjab National Bank scam, and that the government is carrying a vendetta against Congress leaders and their relatives.