New Delhi, March 12: Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, was sent to judicial custody till March 24 by Delhi’s Patiala House court in the INX Media case on Monday. Karti remained ‘evasive’ and ‘non-cooperative’ during interrogation, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the court.
“During the entire period of CBI custody, Karti Chidambaram was evasive and non-cooperative. Hence, CBI is conducting an investigation into the case without the co-operation of the accused,” CBI counsel VK Sharma said before the court of Special Judge Sunil Rana.
The CBI counsel further stated, “Under the circumstances when there is sufficient material clearly implicating the accused in this serious economic offence, it is absolutely necessary that the accused be remanded to judicial custody.”
On the other hand, Karti’s counsel sought a separate cell for him and asked the court to hear his bail plea as well.
Earlier on March 9, the CBI had sought Karti’s custody for six additional days, citing new ‘incriminating material’ as grounds to interrogate him further.
Karti was arrested by the CBI on February 28 in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of about Rs 305 crore in 2007 when his father was the Union Finance Minister.