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Karti sent to judicial custody till March 24

IANS  |  New Delhi 

A court on Monday sent senior P. Chidambaram's son to judicial custody till March 24 in the Media corruption case.

The court also rejected Karti Chidambaram's plea seeking allotment of a separate prison in saying that in view of social status of the accused and his father, he cannot be treated different from the other accused.

After the (CBI) told that they did not require further custody of Karti Chidambaram, the court remanded him to judicial custody.

was arrested in February for allegedly taking money to facilitate (FIPB) clearance to Media in 2007 when his father was the in the

Defence counsels and told the court that Karti Chidambaram's father has dealt with various stringent penal laws such as TADA, MCOCA, Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act and NDPS Act.

Various undertrials facing prosecution under the mentioned laws were lodged in where will be lodged during his period of judicial custody, hence there was fear over his security.

The defence counsels requested the court to issue direction regarding allotment of separate prison during his judicial custody.

CBI's submitted that apprehension of accused is without any basis as accused has regularly been visiting abroad.

Stressed on Karti Chidambaram's visits, he said that if the accused did not face any threat then, how did he now fear it in the jail, where there is deployment of large number of security personnel.

Reacting to the probe agency's submission, defence said that there is serious apprehension of threat to Karti Chidambaram's life as CBI is opposing his plea seeking security arrangements in

Citing example of biscuit baron Rajan Pillai's death in custody, Karti Chidambaram's raised concerns that there is pre-planned conspiracy "to do something to his client while he is being lodged in jail".

Observing the counsel's submission, the court said that the apprehension raised by of the accused cannot be ignored keeping in view his social status, but more specifically, due to his father's, who is former a

"Only keeping in view the fact of social status of accused and his father, he cannot be treated different from other accused persons and cannot be allowed to be kept in a separate prison," the court said.

However, the court directed the lock-up of Tihar Jail to provide and ensure proper safety and security to accused during the judicial custody as per rules.

The court allowed Karti's plea to carry spectacles and medicines, as per prescription subject to examination and approval by jail doctor, as per rules.

However the court rejected the plea seeking to carry books, toilettries, clothes and others.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 17:04 IST