INX Media case: CBI asks for 15 day custody for Karti Chidambaram

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To recall, Karti has been in CBI custody for questioning since his arrest from Chennai Airport on February 28. "However, only keeping in view the fact of social status of the accused and his father, he can not be treated different from other accused persons and can not be allowed to be kept in a separate prison", said the special CBI judge.

The court also rejected Karti Chidambaram's plea seeking allotment of a separate prison in Tihar Jail saying that in view of social status of the accused and his father, he can not be treated different from the other accused.

Earlier on Monday, the CBI asked the court to send Karti Chidambaram, who is lodged in Tihar jail, to judicial custody for 15 days.

CBI then argued in opposition to the plea for separate cell on the ground of "threats", and said if at all they were threats, they would be for P Chidambaram and not for Karti. "His father P Chidambaram has dealt with stringent penal laws including TADA, MCOCA, UAPA and NDPS posing a huge security threat to Karti", Krishnan said, adding that Karti can not be exposed to criminals. The court denied Karti's request for home food in the jail. "He be produced on March 24", the special judge said.

The Delhi court ordered the jail authorities to ensure that adequate security is provided to Karti Chidambaram until March 24.

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In its March 9 order, the high court had also made it clear that if the special court granted Karti bail in the corruption case registered by the CBI, the ED will not arrest him till the next hearing before the high court on March 20.

"Since the bail application is already fixed for filing of reply/consideration on March 15, the present application is dismissed", the court said.

Meanwhile, Karti's CA, S Bhaskararaman, has moved the court for anticipatory bail in the same case.

Karti Chidambaram was arrested last month for allegedly taking money to facilitate Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media in 2007 when his father was the Finance Minister in the UPA government. However the court rejected the plea seeking to carry books, toilettries, clothes and others.

After confirming that she had paid a bribe to Karti Chidambaram in the INX Media case, Indrani Mukerjea has now agreed to identify the location too.

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