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Karti seeks separate cell in Tihar, urges court to hear his bail plea today

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A trial court will pronounce its order on CBI's plea to sent to judicial custody in the Media corruption case later today.

The court will also pass order on Karti's plea seeking a separate cell in and urgent hearing of his bail plea today itself.

Karti, the son of senior P Chidambaram, was produced before on expiry of his three-day police custody.

The did not seek any further custodial interrogation of Karti, who has already spent 12 days in its custody since his arrest on February 28 from

The has sought 15-day judicial custody of Karti who in turn has asked the court to hear his bail plea today itself instead of scheduled March 15.

Karti Chidambaram's father was also present in the courtroom.

Senior Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Karti, pressed for hearing on he bail application today itself in case the court was considering sending him to judicial custody.

He also moved another application seeking a separate prison cell for Karti if he is sent to judicial custody saying that "he is the son of former union and many terrorists have been prosecuted during his (P Chidambaram) tenure and there is a clear threat perception to Karti".

"His (Karti) father has dealt with stringent penal laws including TADA and MCOCA, posing a huge security threat to Karti," the senior said, adding that he needs to be secured in a separate prison and be given a separate bathroom.

"He cannot be exposed to any of these criminals," his said.

"There is a threat. (Karti) himself is the member of The threat exists, I hope the court to protect us. We have contemplated a situation and brought it to the court's notice. I cannot be sent to a common bathroom. And adequate security must be given," Krishnan submitted.

When the opposed the plea for separate cell on the ground that if at all there was any threat, it was to and not his son, Krishnan expressed shock and said the CBI's objection has enhanced the threat perception.

CBI opposing a separate prison, gives me further apprehension and shows political motive and enhances my threat perception. Organisation investigating me should be concerned about my security. Mala fide intent is there. I'm shocked that CBI can oppose my plea for security. Can it be denied? Karti's said.

He was remanded in CBI custody for three days after the investigative agency claimed it had recovered some incriminating documents and CD from the Chennai office of Advantage Strategic Pvt Ltd., a company linked to him.

has been in CBI custody for questioning since his arrest from on February 28.

He 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 Media. 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 Chidambaram's arrest, was based on the statement of Indrani Mukerjea, former of (P) Ltd, who recorded it under section 164 of the CrPC before a on February 17.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 14:05 IST