New Delhi, June 25: Nearly three months after the Delhi High Court granted bail to Karti Chidambaram, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday knocked the door of Supreme Court challenging the order. Karti, son of former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, is accused in the INX media money laundering case. He was taken into custody in February for his alleged role in facilitating Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for INX Media Ltd and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh: CBI Raids BSP MLA Vinay Shankar Tiwari's Premises in Bank Fraud Case Worth Rs 754 Crore
If reports are to be believed, the CBI in its appeal has claimed that it was ‘impermissible’ for the high court to entertain the bail plea filed by Karti when an application seeking similar relief was pending before the trial court. The probe agency has also alleged that the high court had ‘erroneously’ conducted a “detailed examination” of evidence on merits at the stage of bail which seriously prejudiced the case of CBI. Also Read - Congress Welcomes Coming Together of Mainstream JK Parties, Demands Restoration of Article 370
“Further, the high court while granting bail (to Karti) failed to exercise its discretion in a judicious manner without ascertaining the nature of accusation, the nature of supporting evidence and the reasonable apprehension of tampering with the evidence in the present case,”news agency PTI quoted the CBI’s statement. Also Read - Delhi-NCR Pollution News: SC Appoints Ex-judge Madan Lokur as One-man Panel to Monitor Stubble Burning
Earlier on March 23, a single judge bench of the high court had granted bail to Karti, saying the relief should not be refused unless the crime was of the ‘highest magnitude’ entailing ‘severe punishment’.
Karti Chidambaram has been accused of taking service charges for getting the clearance to INX Media for receiving funds from abroad worth Rs 305 crore in 2007 when his father P Chidambaram was the Union finance minister.
(With agency inputs)