Published On: Tue, Mar 6th, 2018

Apex Court refuses interim protection for Karti Chidambaram in INX case

New Delhi: In a big blow to Chidambaram junior, the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday refused to grant Karti Chidambaram interim protection from a possible arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) .

The SC scheduled the next hearing for March 8

The SC did agree to hear Karti’s writ petition challenging ED proceedings against him without registering any FIR.

The counsel for Chidambaram junior, Kapil Sibal pleaded with the SC for interim protection saying his client could be taken into custody by the ED after his CBI custody expires today.

On the other hand, the CBI has asked a Delhi court to extend their custody of Karti by another eight days.

The hearing is scheduled for 2 pm, agenvies reported.

Karti, a son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, was arrested last week on corruption charges, and a day later remanded in CBI custody for five days till Tuesday.

On Monday, Karti through his counsel filed a writ petition in the SC challenging the ED and CBI probe into matters not mentioned in their FIR, which is to do with allegedly dodgy approvals granted to a company called INX Media.

The supreme court agreed to hear this petition and then issued a notice to the ED and the CBI on the money laundering case registered against Karti.

The apex court, however, clarified that the issuance of notice will have no bearing on any proceeding pending against Karti before a trial court or elsewhere.

The SC scheduled the next hearing for March 8.

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