Madras HC stays look out notice issued against Karti Chidambaram

The look out circular against Karti Chidambaram was issued by the Foreigner Regional Registration Officer at the Bureau of Immigration under the Ministry of Home Affairs on July 18.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 3:59 pm
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The Madras High Court stayed a ‘look out’ circular issued against senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s son, Karti Chidambaram, and four others in connection with a corruption case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The circular was issued by the Foreigner Regional Registration Officer at the Bureau of Immigration under the Ministry of Home Affairs on July 18.

Earlier, the CBI charged Karti with alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance obtained by a media house in which he held a stake.

According to investigators, an FDI proposal of the media house, involving Karti, was “fallacious” but the then finance minister Chidambaram cleared it.

Karti moved the high court seeking to quash of the LOC on the grounds that it may be issued only when the person in question repeatedly fails to cooperate with the probe authorities.

In his petition, he said: “On July 4, the CBI once again issued a summons against which I have moved the high court and the petition is still pending adjudication. I was always responding to the summons issued by the CBI and there was no absolute cause of action for issuance of the LOC. The circular is a well thought out and meticulously orchestrated fraudulent plan of the CBI to stop me at the airport as and when I proceed abroad by springing an unpleasant surprise on me and leak it to the media that I am detained at the airport and cause embarrassment to me.”

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  1. D
    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm
    He will go to all courts in a row like JJ and years will roll over and one fine year congress will come to power and every thing will be back to square one.
    1. K
      Aug 10, 2017 at 6:36 pm
      If Karti is an Indian Citizen -and it appears that he is, and by birth at that, why is that the "look out" notice has to be put out by the Foreigner Regional Registration Officer in the Immigration Department? Has none of the components of regular law enforcement force the necessary authority to monitor or restrict Karti's movements? In a system where the law truly prevails, who Karti's father is ought to be of no relevance and even less importance. Or do they? When will the Judiciary become truly and transparently independent, honest and effective?
      1. B
        Aug 10, 2017 at 6:19 pm
        When he is objecting to CBI without appeaing and also going to High court against it, where is the question of cooperating, Madras High court is full of lawyers and judges who are highly partial and can be bought easily, and PC and his son have enough money to buy anyone like Maran brothers, CBI should appeal to Supreme court
        1. Kuriakose Varkey Pariarath
          Aug 10, 2017 at 9:02 pm
          You should be charged with defamation of court as you say "Madras High Court is full of lawyers and Judges who are highly partial and can be brought easily". Don't you see that every Govt is using CBI as a tool to Haras political opponents? KArthi may be at fault but he has his rights to defend. After the BJP came to power they are cutting right at the root of the soul of India which, if things go like this , will divide India or lead to a civil war. The upper caste/ north India based Lobby that view the Dalits and South Indians and the downtrodden with contempt will cause permanent damage to India the noblest idea that existed for centuries and started blooming after independence, thanks to leaders like Gandhi.