Another application of the CBI, seeking to being Indrani Mukerjea and Peter Mukerjea, the then promoters of INX Media, to Delhi for the goal of investigation in the presence of the accused, was dismissed by the court after the agency did not press it. The agency has moved an application to confront Bhaskaraman with Karti now after extension of the custody.
Earlier in the day, the court passed an order to prevent Enforcement Directorate (ED) from arresting junior Chidambaram before March 20. The court said that the agency has been able to give "sufficient ground and justified reason" to uphold its contention.
The agency is now preparing to confront Karti with his chartered account and co-accused S. Bhaskararaman, who is lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi.
Meanwhile the court extended the judicial custody of Bhaskararaman by another 14 days.
The CBI has alleged that Karti received kickbacks in the clearance of foreign investment worth Rs 305 crore for INX Media - owned by Peter and Indrani Mukherjea. It had registered an ECIR, the ED's equivalent of an FIR, against the accused named in the CBI complaint.
He said Karti should not be granted any interim relief as there was "cogent, substantial, reliable and unimpeachable material" against him. However, on the intervening night of March 6 and March 7, he was shifted to a cell where guards were also sleeping the same night. As a result, the accused's blood pressure shot up and he faced medical problems, he said.
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Representing ED, ASG Tushar Mehta stated that there is substantial evidence that there was a clear connection between Karti Chidambaram and Advantage Strategic Consulting.
The court also directed the investigating officer to get Karti medically examined as per the rules every 24 hours during the custody.
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to grant any interim protection to Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, in the INX Media money laundering case.
The high court order failed to effectively bring any relief to Karti, who has been in CBI custody for the last nine days for questioning since his arrest from Chennai Airport on February 28. "They are supposed to be independent and not lean in anyone's favour", he said.
The special judge posted the hearing on Karti's bail plea on March 15.
Karti Chidambaram, on Friday, was again sent to three-day CBI custody by a Delhi court.