CHENNAI: The CBI on Friday submitted documents before the Supreme Court relating to Karti Chidambaram allegedly closing several undisclosed foreign bank accounts and what he did abroad.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing on behalf of Karti, objected to Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s submissions that the CBI be allowed to place before the bench the documents in a sealed cover.
“I am objecting to it. This is not a part of the FIR. They cannot file documents in the court like this,” Sibal said.
To this, the ASG retorted, “Let me say what is contained in the sealed cover. What he has done when he was abroad. He said (during interrogation) he has only one account abroad. But when he went abroad, he closed several bank accounts. I don’t want to say all this as it will embarrass him, but I have been compelled.”
Sibal then said that not a single question relating to this was asked by the agency during Karti’s interrogation. “They interrogated me (Karti), but not a single question was asked on this. If they can show any signature of Karti on any account, they can prosecute him under the FEMA or blackmoney law.”
When Sibal said Karti had gone abroad to get her daughter admitted in Cambridge University, the ASG asked, “Why are you so afraid if you did only this?”
The apex court is hearing the CBI’s appeal challenging the Madras High Court order staying the government’s Look Out Circular against Karti in the alleged graft case. The CBI FIR, lodged on May 15, had alleged irregularities in FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of `305 crore in 2007 when Karti’s father was the Union finance minister.