Karti Chidambaram bail plea: Justice Indermeet Kaur recuses herself from hearing

A Special Court on Monday had remanded Karti, the son of senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram, to judicial custody till March 24 in connection with the the INX Media money laundering case.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2018 12:03 pm
Judge recuses herself from Karti Chidambaram bail plea hearing Karti Chidambaram outside Patiala House Court in New Delhi. (Express Photo/Prem Nath Pandey/File)

A day after Karti Chidambaram moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail, Justice Indermeet Kaur on Tuesday recused herself from the hearing of the bail plea. A Special Court on Monday remanded Karti, the son of senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram, to judicial custody till March 24 in connection with the INX Media money laundering case. Without citing any reason for her recusal, Justice Kaur said she would refer the matter to the Acting Chief Justice, who would then assign it to another bench, reported news agency PTI. The matter is likely to be heard later today.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), meanwhile, approached the Supreme Court today, challenging a Delhi High Court order giving relief to Karti Chidambaram. The HC had asked the ED not to arrest Karti until March 20, the next date of hearing. The apex court has listed the matter for March 15.

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Karti has been in police custody since his arrest on March 1. On Monday, the CBI did not press for further police remand but sought judicial custody for 15 days after accusing him of being “evasive” and non-cooperative. “There is sufficient material clearly implicating the accused in the serious economic offence,” the CBI had said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. Rakesh Katyal
    Mar 13, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    May have gone through Singhvi's chamber !!
    1. shabira shiekh
      Mar 13, 2018 at 3:12 pm
      laloo, karti , pappu n sonia ahould be put in same cell, so they can plot about modi. only plan likely to succeed is they setting fire from inside and blaming modi
      1. S
        Mar 13, 2018 at 2:27 pm
        Asking to rescue from the case, it indicates that hudicial fraternity does not believe its own independence. That the sorry state of affairs. Madam should have given reasons. Was she forced to act like this either from procusion or accused. It is important thar hon judge must clarify to avoide speculation from either side. But it seems judiciary has lost faith on its own independence. A law should be made that no judge in hc or sc is allowed to rescue from work allocated.
        1. Velulsamy Devaraju
          Mar 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm
          She does not deserve to be a Judge that too of a High Court. Instead of standing firm and strictly going by the law, resigning is cowardice act. I am shamed of her.
        2. Sriram Kalpathi
          Mar 13, 2018 at 1:47 pm
          CBI has realized it is waste of time. ED wants to know if it is waste of time. Obviously, everyone knows Karti is hard nut to crack,as he is sits mum like he has swallowed a Cobra.
          1. Rajsekar Bennaki
            Mar 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm
            1. R
              Mar 13, 2018 at 2:52 pm
              how long the same phrase..lallu was doing the same thing .. there is a limit...let it be CBI or ED or even Honorable courts, the case shall be settled in a time bound manner... Mr. chidambaram's election case was dragged till such he completed his term as MP..Finance Minister ...what is the meaning of justice? In common, public think that all politicians are corrupt.. No one thinks as how their assets multiplies 100 during their terms .. but, for commoners hundred and one rules
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