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Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, today told the Supreme Court he wants to visit the United Kingdom to get her daughter admitted at the Cambridge University and was willing to undertake that he would not visit any bank there.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it would hear the plea tomorrow as Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represents the CBI, was unavailable due to some personal reasons.
"He wants to go to the Cambridge to get his daughter admitted. He is willing to give an undertaking that he will not visit any bank there," senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, appearing for Karti, told the bench that also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
The apex court has stayed the Madras High Court order, which had stayed the operation of the look out circulars (LOCs) issued against Karti and others in the case.
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 Finance Minister.
On October 4, the CBI had alleged in the apex court that Karti had "tampered" with evidence relating to an alleged graft case against him during his visits abroad in the months of May, June and July this year.
The agency had said that there was a need to issue a LoC against Karti as he had the "potential" to tamper with the evidence and he had done this during his visits abroad.
The CBI's contention was strongly refuted by Karti's counsel.
Before this, the apex court had said that Karti would not be allowed to leave India without subjecting himself to investigation in the case. The court had then stayed the high court order putting on hold the LOC against Karti.
The FIR was registered on May 15 before the special CBI judge here and the registration of the case was followed by searches at the residences and offices of Karti and his friends the very next day.