The court will hold a further hearing on the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) plea on October 4.

INX Media case Karti Chidambaram cant leave India for now says SC
news INX Media case Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 07:58

The Supreme Court on Friday said Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, cannot leave the country for now as the court will hold a further hearing on the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) plea on October 4.

The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said they would hold a further hearing after Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the CBI and senior counsel Kapil Sibal representing Chidambaram put forth their arguments.

The CBI has moved the top court challenging the Madras High Court order staying its lookout circular against Karti Chidambaram to ensure he does not leave the country.

Justifying the continued operation of lookout circular against Karti Chidambram, the (CBI) on Friday told the Supreme Court that he has several overseas accounts in which he has transferred money.

"He says that he has one account but he has several accounts abroad in which he has transferred money," Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation, told the bench.

"There is a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act. We are investigating the matter," he told the court and also referred to the report by the Financial Investigating Unit (FIU).

Telling the court that investigation by FIU were going on for last ten years, senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Karti Chidambaram, dared the CBI to backup its claim with documentary evidence.

"Show at least one document with his signatures, if you have evidence," he told the agency, while telling the court that all this was being told about his client to create a prejudice against him. 

Noting that his client was asked by the top court to go to CBI for questioning, but not a single question was asked, Sibal said that if the agency had documents, they could prosecute him for FERA violation or black money, adding that what was being told by the CBI was extraneous to the case for which lookout circular was issued.

He told the court that the case under which the circular has been issued relates to the payment of Rs 10 lakh to a company - Advantage Strategic ConsultantA - allegedly for facilitating FIPB clearance for INX Media Ltd.

Denying any linkage of Karti Chidambaram with Advantage Strategic Consultant, Sibal said that all that is being told to the court is unrelated to the case under investigation relating to FIPB clearance to INX Media Ltd and if the CBI has other material, then it should take cognisance of it and file separate FIRs in respect of them.

Sibal said that there are Central government's guidelines on the issuance of the lookout circular and the one in this case was not in conformity with those guidelines.

He told the court that even before the CBI could have asked Chidambaram to appear before it for questioning, it issued a circular.

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