NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday did not give any relief to Karti Chidambaram, who is being interrogated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media, and said he cannot travel abroad till October 9.
Justifying the issue of lookout circular (LoC) against Karti, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, the CBI told the Bench that he had tampered with evidence during his foreign visits.
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that there was a need to issue LoC against Karti as he had potential to tamper with evidence and he had done this during his visits abroad.
“I will show he (Karti) has the potential to tamper with the evidence. During May 13 to May 18 and second week of June to second week of July, he went abroad and he did tamper with the evidence. I will justify this,” the ASG added, stating that there are contemporaneous official records to prove the same.
Mehta asked Bench’s permission to place some documents in a sealed cover, which was objected to by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing Karti. Sibal also questioned the way in which the CBI was seeking to place on record certain documents in a sealed cover, after Mehta referred to legal provisions and said these empowered the probe agency to share case diary with the court without sharing them with the accused.
The Bench also asked if the case can be heard by a Division Bench of the Madras High Court, where the main petition by Karti is pending. The CBI said it would revert on this issue. The court posted the matter for further hearing on October 9.