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INX case: HC refuses to grant relief to Karti, nod to move Delhi Court

Justice Velmurugan ordered a return of all papers, so that Karti could approach Delhi HC

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Karti Chidambaram.  Illustration: Binay Sinha
Karti Chidambaram. Illustration: Binay Sinha

The Madras High on Tuesday refrained from granting any relief to former Union minister P Chidambaram's son Karti, who sought quashing of the filed by the and its subsequent summonses in the

Justice P Velmurugan directed the registry to return all the papers in the case to the petitioner so as to enable him approach the High which has superintendence powers in the matter.

The judge had on August 16 reserved orders on maintainability of Karti's petitions seeking to quash the and summons related to the case pending in a special court in

Before the verdict was pronounced today, the media was asked to leave the courtroom.

In his order, the judge held that the petitions filed by Karti were maintainable and the high court had territorial jurisdiction.

But, in the interest of justice, and in order to avoid conflicting views in case any of the parties (other accused) moved the or Bombay High Court, the court held it was inclined to adopt the 'doctrine of forum of convenience' so that parties could move the convenient court.

On May 15, a was registered by against Karti and INX Media along with eight others for alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to the media house for receiving (FDI) in 2007 when his father was the finance minister.

The probe agency had claimed the proposal of the media house was "fallacious" but Chidambaram had cleared it.

The CBI had on July 19 issued summons, the second by the agency in the case, asking Karti to appear before it two days later.

Earlier, it had asked Karti and four others to appear for questioning on June 27 and 29. Karti had then informed the CBI through his lawyer that he needed more time to appear.

The agency had alleged that a firm "indirectly controlled" by Karti had received money from INX Media, run by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea in 2007.

During the hearing of the petitions earlier, the CBI had opposed them arguing they were not maintainable and wanted the court to dismiss them.

In May, the CBI had conducted raids at the premises of Karti, Peter and Indrani at 14 locations in Delhi, Mumbai, and in connection with the case.

Incidentally, during the pendency of the petition challenging the summons, a 'look out circular' was issued by the government against Karti and subsequently stayed by the high court.

However, the Supreme Court had on August 14 stayed the high court order on an appeal by the Centre after observing that Karti had not joined the investigation in the case.

First Published: Tue, August 22 2017. 19:07 IST