SC refuses early hearing in PMLA case against Karti Chidambaram

Earlier on June 30, Karti sought more time to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 4, 2017 12:08 pm
Karti Chidambaram, CBI, Karti corruption cases, FIPB case Karti Chidambaram in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI photo

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to grant an early hearing to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a case filed against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram under sections of the Protection of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), reported news agency ANI. A bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar refused to give an early hearing in the case.

Karti had filed a plea in Madras HC challenging summons issued against him by ED. In response, ED asked the apex court if the HC had jurisdiction to hear Karti’s plea.

Earlier on June 30, Karti sought more time to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He is accused of receiving money through a firm which was indirectly controlled by him from INX media. On May 15, the CBI had registered a complaint against him and his company. Also, the CBI officers also raided properties belonging to him in May after which he accused the government of carrying of political vendetta against him.

Following raids by CBI, the ED took cognizance of the issue and registered a money laundering case against him. The case was registered under section 120-B r/w, section 420, section 8 and section 13(2) r/w and 13 (1) (d) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“”The government, using the CBI and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends…The government’s aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organisations,” he said, according to PTI.


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  1. G
    Jul 4, 2017 at 7:14 pm
    Notice how the legal skirmishes are about delays. This is what our courts have turned our legal system into. The judges will waste time on issues that they have no business in, but for other issues they have no time.
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      Venkataraman Jagadesan
      Jul 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm
      All the dirty linens are being washed on the public road side and that is the reason for the fretting and fuming of the ex-fm. If he has any guts he should file a suit against the Govt:. Will he? A BIG NO. Jai HInd.
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        Shyamal Ganguly
        Jul 4, 2017 at 5:05 pm
        Indian Judges are shameless bribe takers. They will let the case against Karti drag on to keep collecting bribes for a long time coming.
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          Sankaran Krishnan
          Jul 4, 2017 at 4:35 pm
          Thee is a saying in Tamil that If you Eat Salt , you have to drink Water and this is what precisely taking place in Karti case and let him fave the consequences for all the frauds and cheats done by him misusing the authority in the name of Mr.P Chidambaram !!!
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            Shyamal Ganguly
            Jul 4, 2017 at 5:04 pm
            Judges are bribe takers. They will let the case against Karti drag on to collect bribes for a long time coming.
          2. A
            Jul 4, 2017 at 3:56 pm
            This man should not be let go. He is the biggest chor on the history of the planet. Getting him will strengthen BJP's anti corruption credentials. He is worth 2million petty thief to catch. He would serve as a perfect example if Mallya takes time for the country to know that corruption will not be tolerated at all. He is the Tarun Tejpal of Financial Corruption The priority is to get him to prison and not allow him to get bail. Supreme Court as always is right that without High Court saying anything on the matter you cannot approach the apex court.
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              l s
              Jul 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm
              Don't understand why the courts are giving such a long leeway to this guy. Can't regular hearings be heard and the case finished in a year , either way ??????
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                Nagar Iyer
                Jul 4, 2017 at 3:12 pm
                Most of the Judges in our HCs, Metropolitan Courts and the SC are totally corrupt being appointees of the corrupt Man()mohan . They have been appointed with set agendas - to protect the criminals of UPA from imminent prosecution and jail. Just observe the NH Case, even after 2 years of issue of summons to the MA-BETA FRAUD DUO, not a single argument has been forwarded on the main complaint of fraud.Challenging the lower court's jurisdiction is an easy way of delaying the case making it lose substance.
              2. D
                Jul 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm
                Politicians and their siblings in this country are becoming rich by numerous times and poor citizens are fighting for their daily bread. Entire Government machinery bows to a politician, not knowing whether they are representatives of public or from heaven. Police establishment, judiciary also treat them as a separate class some times and gives them benefit of doubt in almost all instances. UPA's term of decade was full of scams and Chidambaram was also involved in major decisions which ultimately benefited his son also as per reports. Probably the violation of any law by politician or his sibling should not be questioned later in this country.
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