Supreme Court to hear plea against stay on lookout notice against Karti Chidambaram

The Madras High Court had on August 10 stayed the 'look out circulars' issued against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's son Karti and four others by Centre over a corruption case filed by CBI, holding that they were prima facie "unwarranted".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 14, 2017 11:44 am
madras high court news, karti chidambaram news, india news, indian express news Besides Karti, his associates C B N Reddy, Ravi Viswanathan, Mohanan Rajesh and S Bhaskararaman had also got the interim relief. (File/Photo)

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the Centre’s plea against Madras High Court order staying its lookout notice against Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, and others in an alleged corruption case filed by the CBI. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said it will hear the plea today itself after it finishes hearing the listed matters.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, sought an urgent hearing of the plea saying that the order was passed recently and an appeal against it has been moved today itself.

The Madras High Court had on August 10 stayed the ‘look out circulars’ issued against Karti Chidambaram and four others by the Centre over a corruption case filed by the CBI, holding that they were prima facie “unwarranted”.

Besides Karti, his associates C B N Reddy, Ravi Viswanathan, Mohanan Rajesh and S Bhaskararaman had also got the interim relief.

Noting that the impugned circular had been issued just a day after the notice was sent under relevant CrPC sections asking Karti to appear on June 29 for questioning, the high court had said, “this…according to this court, is prima facie unwarranted”.

The Foreigner Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) and the Bureau of Immigration, under the Union Home Ministry, had issued the circulars against Karti on June 16 last and against the four others on July 18.

In his petition, Karti has contended that the lookout circular was part of the central government’s “political vendetta” and issued “arbitrarily” without jurisdiction to prevent him from travelling abroad.

He also said he had responded to the summonses issued by the CBI in connection with the case and there was “no absolute cause of action” for issuance of the circular.

The case is related to alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds when Karti’s father was the Union Finance Minister in 2007.

CBI had claimed that the FDI proposal of the media house was “fallacious”, but Chidambaram had cleared it.

The FIR dated May 15 was registered before the special CBI judge at New Delhi. It was followed by searches at the residences and offices of Karti and his friends on May 16.

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  1. B
    Aug 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    Your patron son has been asked to appear before CBI before going abroad, and asked him why he hs not appeared before CBI. PC and company trying to avoid and politicsing the issue, this news update does not come to your head lines but NHRC which has nothing to deaths in hospital asking for a report, comes to head lines.
    1. D
      Aug 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm
      Why not put him in judicial remand if there is prima facie case of ED against him instead of allowing him to go to HC at Chennai and then SC at Delhi. It seems the culprit is being given enough time so that his father can manipulate things in his favor and his mother can argue his case in SC and SC will show mercy looking at his mother's arguments. Law should be equal to all Indians be it a common man or a manipulative politician's son.
      1. F
        Aug 14, 2017 at 1:44 pm
        Ha ha as usual elite class of India will enjoy the freedom. He will get bail at the same time n on the other hand poor guy face the music of the law. Hats off to Indian laws which are full of corruption.
        1. A
          Aug 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm
          Supreme Court will give him to custody. All this hocus pocus that Chidambaran is trying cannot prevent his son from being investigated and ask questions. He is not above the law of the land, he has to comply, this is a criminal investigation not a political agenda. If there is a theft all those linked should be allowed investigation they cannot run away from it. In USA, they can put you behind bars if you refuse Jury Service and here he doesn't want to cooperate with the investigation agencies, just what does he think he is. No one is above law.