INX Media case: SC dismisses Karti Chidambaram's plea seeking release of Rs 10 cr deposit, asks him to pay attention to constituency
By Firstpost 29-May-2019
Supreme Court dismisses a petition of Karti Chidambaram seeking to release Rs 10 Crore he had deposited with registry as a condition to travel abroad, earlier.A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi tells Karti Chidambaram 'pay attention to your constituency'.
Karti, who is an accused in the INX Media money laundering case involving Rs 305 crore, is facing criminal cases being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED).
A vacation bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose rejected Karti's plea and said, "Pay attention to your constituency."
File image of Karti Chidambaram.
The bench was hearing Karti's plea in which he had sought the return of Rs 10 crore deposited earlier by him in the apex court's registry, claiming he had taken the money on loan and was paying interest on it.
On 14 May also, the Supreme Court declined to consider a petition of Karti seeking to release Rs 10 crore that he had deposited with the registry.
On 7 May, the Supreme Court had allowed Karti to travel to the United States, Spain and Germany in May and June.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said this nod to travel abroad was subject to compliance of conditions imposed earlier.
In January this year, the apex court had granted Karti permission to travel abroad after depositing Rs 10 crore with the secretary general of the Supreme Court.
The top court had also asked him to file an undertaking that he would return and cooperate with the investigation.
Senior Congress leader and Karti's farther P Chidambaram is also an accused in the INX Media money laundering case.
In the INX Media case, the CBI had registered a first information report (FIR) in May 2017 against alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007.
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