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13-day jail for Karti in INX Media case, no special cell for him in Tihar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

was today sent to 13-day judicial custody in the Media corruption case by a which also dismissed his plea to provide him a separate cell in Jail due to his threat perception.

The court dismissed his appeal for an urgent hearing on his bail plea as also his threat perception as his father P Chidambaram who, as a in the previous UPA government, had handled several sensitive issues.

Karti was produced on expiry of his three-day police remand before who sent him to Jail, after the CBI, in whose custody he was quizzed continuously for 12 days since his arrest on February 28 from Chennai, said he was no longer required for further custodial interrogation.

"In view of the fact that no more police custody remand of accused is sought by CBI, accused is remanded to judicial custody. He be produced on March 24," the said.

The court, which refused Karti's plea for a separate cell in the jail in view of threat perception as during his father's tenure as several terrorists were kept in jail, said the social status of the Chidambaram family cannot be ignored but he cannot be treated differently from the other accused persons.

"The apprehension raised by the senior for accused cannot be ignored keeping in view the social status of accused and his family, more specifically, his father, who is a former

"However, 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 separate prison. However, lock up are directed to provide and ensure proper security and safety to accused during judicial custody, as per rules," the court said.

The court noted the submission of Karti's that he was the son of former union and home minister P Chidambaram, currently a member of who had dealt with various stringent penal laws such as TADA, MCOCA, UAPA and NDPS.

It also noted the submission that various undertrials facing prosecution under these laws are lodged in Tihar Jail, where Karti will also be lodged in judicial custody and hence a grave threat to the safety and security of the accused in judicial custody was apprehended.

The court allowed Karti to carry spectacles and medicines as per prescription subject to examination and approval by the jail doctor, but denied his request to carry toiletries, books, clothes and

It also said his bail plea would be heard on March 15 as scheduled.

"The hearing of the bail application of accused (Karti) was earlier raised before this court on March 9, (when) the CBI had sought time to file reply to the bail application and in the presence of the for accused, the bail application was put up for consideration on March 15 with the direction to the CBI to supple advance copy to defence.

"Since the bail application is already fixed for filing of reply/consideration on March 15, the present application is dismissed," the court said.

Meanwhile, Karti's chartered S Bhaskararaman, who is currently in jail in a case filed by the (ED), has moved the court for anticipatory bail in the CBI case of Media. The court is likely to take up Bhaskararaman's plea later today.

Karti was arrested on his return from the in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15 last year. It alleged irregularities in the (FIPB) clearance to Media for receiving overseas funds of about Rs 305 crore in 2007 when his father was minister.

The CBI had initially alleged that received Rs 10 lakh as bribe for facilitating (FIPB) clearance to It, however, later revised the figure to USD 1 million (about Rs 6.50 crore at the current exchange rate and Rs 4.50 crore in 2007).

The fresh evidence in the case, which triggered Karti's arrest, was based on the statement of Indrani Mukerjea, former of (P) Ltd who had recorded it under section 164 of the CrPC before a on February 17.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 16:35 IST