SC would deliver a judgement whether in an appeal by way of a special leave petition (SLP), the apex court was entitled to see any documents relating to CBI’s investigation in case against Karti Chidambaram.
The CBI reiterated that it had issued a lookout circular (LOC) against Karti as he had “tampered with evidence” during recent visits abroad and was apprehensive that he might repeat this if allowed to go again.
In another affidavit, Karti sought the court’s permission to travel to the UK to admit his daughter for higher studies.
Karti Chidambaram was called by the CBI to appear for questioning on Wednesday in the case that pertains to a foreign investment clearance given by the FIPB to Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd for investing in Aircel.
The CBI had earlier asked Karti to appear before it on September 14, but he refused to appear arguing that a special court had discharged all the accused and terminated proceedings in the matter.
ED found that the company promoted by Karti Chidambaram and the nephew of Chidambaram allegedly received two lakh dollars from Maxis Group in the guise of ‘software consultancy’.
The ED attached assets worth Rs 1.16 crore of Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, and a firm allegedly linked to him in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal.
The High Court had put a stay on the lookout circular issued against Karti on June 15 this year in the case of alleged corruption in FIPB clearance to a media house.
The agency had called Karti for questioning on Thursday in connection with the foreign investment clearance given in 2006 in the Aircel Maxis deal when his father P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister.
Karti has accused the CBI of hatching a conspiracy against him citing frustation arising out of their inability to prove anything against them in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case.
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the probe agency, said he would hand over the details of all overseas properties allegedly held by Karti to the court in a sealed cover.
Karti’s challenge came after the CBI told the apex court that it has furnished details about his “possible transactions” in foreign countries and 25 alleged offshore properties in a sealed cover.
A case of money laundering has been filed against the Mukerjeas (Indrani and her husband Peter), former Union minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram and others by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Prisons department was considering shifting her after she was found to have ‘led’ the Byculla jail riot in June
Karti was interrogated by the CBI for the second time on August 28 in connection with the dealings that a company associated with him had with INX Media, which got FIPB approval when Chidambaram was the finance minister.