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ED asked not to arrest Karti Chidambaram for now

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In a major relief to Karti Chidambaram, the on Friday asked the (ED) not to arrest P. Chidambaram's son, accused in the Media case, till March 20.

The interim relief to Karti Chidambaram, 46, from "any coercive action" taken against him by the ED till the next hearing of the case came a day after the transferred to the his plea seeking quashing of summons issued by the probe agency.

A High Court bench of Justices and I.S. Mehta, however, directed the to cooperate in the investigation, appear before the ED whenever required and submit his passport.

Senior counsels and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Karti Chidambaram, told the court that they were apprehending sequential arrests of their client by the ED after he is freed from the custody of the CBI, which is separately probing the case.

Karti is being interrogated by the CBI since his February 28 arrest. His custody ended on Friday.

Tushar Mehta, in the case, informed the High Court that the CBI would seek extension of his custodial interrogation for six more days.

Mehta said he was going to seek more time for filing a reply on the bail plea of Karti in the case against him.

Considering this, the High Court directed the to proceed in the matter without being influenced by the bench's interim relief order.

is being investigated for allegedly receiving money to facilitate (FIPB) clearance to Media in 2007 when his father was the in the

The CBI has alleged that Karti received kickbacks in the clearance of foreign investment worth Rs 305 crore for Media -- owned by Peter and

The Mukherjeas are in jail in a murder case.

The CBI said it has a recorded statement of accusing of demanding and receiving a bribe to get the FIPB clearance.



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 14:48 IST