INX case: Madras High Court declines relief to Karti Chidambaram, nod to move Delhi court

The probe agency had claimed the FDI proposal of the media house was "fallacious" but Chidambaram had cleared it. The CBI had on July 19 issued summons, the second by the agency in the case, asking Karti to appear before it two days later.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published: August 22, 2017 6:25 pm
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The Madras High Court on Tuesday refrained from granting any relief to former Union minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti, who sought quashing of the FIR filed by the CBI and its subsequent summonses in the INX Media case. Justice P Velmurugan directed the court registry to return all the papers in the case to the petitioner so as to enable him approach the Delhi High Court which has superintendence powers in the matter. The judge had on August 16 reserved orders on maintainability of Karti’s petitions seeking to quash the FIR and summons related to the case pending in a CBI special court in Delhi. Before the verdict was pronounced on Tuesday, the media was asked to leave the courtroom.

In his order, the judge held that the petitions filed by Karti were maintainable and the high court had territorial jurisdiction.

But, in the interest of justice, and in order to avoid conflicting views in case any of the parties (other accused) moved the Delhi or Bombay High Court, the court held it was inclined to adopt the ‘doctrine of forum of convenience’ so that parties could move the convenient court.

On May 15, an FIR was registered by CBI against Karti and INX Media along with eight others for alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to the media house for receiving foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2007 when his father was the finance minister.

The probe agency had claimed the FDI proposal of the media house was “fallacious” but Chidambaram had cleared it.

The CBI had on July 19 issued summons, the second by the agency in the case, asking Karti to appear before it two days later.

Earlier, it had asked Karti and four others to appear for questioning on June 27 and 29. Karti had then informed the CBI through his lawyer that he needed more time to appear.

The agency had alleged that a firm “indirectly controlled” by Karti had received money from INX Media, run by Indrani and Peter Mukerjea in 2007.

During the hearing of the petitions earlier, the CBI had opposed them arguing they were not maintainable and wanted the court to dismiss them.

In May, the CBI had conducted raids at the premises of Karti, Peter and Indrani at 14 locations in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai in connection with the case.

Incidentally, during the pendency of the petition challenging the summons, a ‘look out circular’ was issued by the government against Karti and subsequently stayed by the high court.

However, the Supreme Court had on August 14 stayed the high court order on an appeal by the Centre after observing that Karti had not joined the investigation in the case.

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    Shafted mohammed
    Aug 22, 2017 at 11:39 pm
    This guy had a gala time when his father was in power , he made close to a billion dollar. Put him in jail for rest of his life for looting the country.
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    1. Venkataraman Jagadesan
      Aug 22, 2017 at 10:46 pm
      When the SC has given its verdict why should the ex-minister son approach Madras HC? It is all delaying tactics. He knows that he cannot escape punishment and so all the dilly dallying is being resorted to. Jai HInd.
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        vijay
        Aug 22, 2017 at 7:50 pm
        Every action has an equivalent reaction.They come in stages 1.People reject you 2.People expose you and charge you 3.peoples court find you you guilty as charged 4. you do the time for your crimes 5. You come out reformed.6.live with clean concious for a long time. That is not too bad, is it?
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          jlal
          Aug 22, 2017 at 7:40 pm
          Pe ion after pe ion implying there is something wrong. Why is he so eager to attend the enquiry if he has nothing to hide? If he is so eager to escape to UK, it implies there is proof of his guild and he probably wants to avoid prosecution.
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