INX media case: CBI given time till November 20 to respond to Karti Chidambaram’s plea to travel abroad

A lookout notice issued by the CBI on July 18 prevents Karti from travelling abroad without the investigating agency's permission.

Published: 16th November 2017 12:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th November 2017 09:44 AM   |  A+A-

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram's son, Karti Chidambaram (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday gave time to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) till November 20, Monday to respond on an plea by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram seeking to travel to Britain on December 2.

Karti has sought permission from the court to travel to Cambridge to get his daughter admitted.
Karti has been facing a lookout notice in a corruption case issued on June 16 this year for which he is being probed by the CBI. He has on several occasions sought the court’s permission to travel abroad.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, gave time to the CBI till November 20.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that he needed to take instructions on Karti’s application.

In his application, he has attached a communication from the Cambridge University saying that his daughter's interview for admission was scheduled for December 5.

He has told the court that he would leave for Cambridge on December 2, and come back on December 10.

On the last date of hearing, CBI had opposed Karti’s plea stating that he might tamper with the evidences while his visit to abroad and opposed the same.

Senior counsel Kapil Sibal told the bench that in the last hearing the court had indicated that it might permit Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad for four to five days, and the CBI could indicate conditions it wanted imposed.

The CBI FIR, lodged on May 15, had alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Karti's father was the Union Finance Minister.

The court is hearing CBI's appeal challenging Madras High Court order staying the government's LoC against Karti.

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