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Delhi HC seeks CBI's response on bail plea of Karti Chidambaram

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today sought response from the on the bail plea of Karti Chidambaram, arrested by the in the corruption case.

Justice S P told the to file a status report before March 16.

The CBI, however, contended that the matter was not maintainable.

During the hearing, Kapil Sibal, appearing for Karti, informed the high court that he would withdraw the bail plea from the trial court.

Earlier in the day, the matter was posted before Justice who recused herself from the case and said she would refer the matter to the Acting for assigning the bail plea to another bench for today itself.

The bail plea was yesterday mentioned before a bench of Acting and Justice C and listed for hearing today.

Karti, the son of former P Chidambaram, had moved the high court seeking bail, hours after a court here sent him to judicial custody till March 24.

Karti's parents P Chidambaram and Nalini Chidambaram, both senior advocates, were present in the courtroom.

A special court had yesterday sent Karti to judicial custody in the corruption case and dismissed his plea that he be put in a separate cell in in view of "threat perception".

The court had also dismissed his appeal for an urgent hearing on his bail plea and the "threat perception" due to the fact that his father, as a in the previous UPA government, had handled several sensitive issues.

The court had sent him to after the CBI, in whose custody he was quizzed for 12 days in a row after his arrest on February 28 from Chennai, said he was no longer required for further custodial interrogation.

The court said his bail plea would be heard on March 15 as scheduled.

Karti was arrested by the CBI on his return from the in connection with an FIR lodged on May 15 last year. It alleged irregularities in a (FIPB) clearance given to a media house, INX Media, for receiving funds of about Rs 305 crore from overseas in 2007 when his father was the

The CBI had initially alleged that received Rs 10 lakh as a bribe for facilitating the 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 a statement of Indrani Mukerjea, former of INX Media (P) Ltd, who recorded it under Section 164 of the CrPC before a on February 17.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 15:45 IST
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