NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday approached the Supreme Court challenging the bail granted to Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambara in the INX media case. The move of the investigating agency came around three months after the bail was granted to Karti by the Delhi High Court.
In its plea, CBI alleged that the high court had erroneously conducted a detailed examination of evidence on merits at the stage of bail which seriously prejudiced the case of the agency. CBI has claimed that it was impermissible for the high court to entertain the bail plea filed by Karti when an application seeking similar relief was pending before the trial court. "Further, the high court while granting bail failed to exercise its discretion in a judicious manner without ascertaining the nature of the accusation, the nature of supporting evidence and the reasonable apprehension of tampering with the evidence in the present case," the CBI said in its appeal.
On March 23, a single judge bench of the high court had granted bail to Karti, who was arrested on February 28 by the CBI. The bench, while granting the bail, had said the relief should not be refused unless the crime was of the highest magnitude entailing severe punishment.Karti was arrested from Chennai in connection with an FIR lodged on May 15 last year, which had alleged irregularities in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media for receiving funds of about Rs 305 crore from overseas in 2007 when his father P Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister.
Meanwhile, the top court agreed to hear a fresh plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking to implead himself as a party in a petition filed against an Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer probing the Aircel-Maxis deal case. The bench also agreed to hear the plea of ED officer Rajeshwar Singh that contempt proceedings be initiated as attempts have been made to thwart the ongoing investigation in the Aircel-Maxis case.