New Delhi, March 1: Former finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti, who was remanded to one-day CBI custody in INX Media fraud case, told a Delhi court that he was “not a Hindustan leaver but Hindustan returner”. This was seen as a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party over Rs 12,700 crore Punjab National Bank fraud in which accused diamond merchant Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi have fled the country. Also Read - Rhea Chakraborty Speaks Against Nitish Kumar in Affidavit to Supreme Court, Says 'Bihar CM Responsible For FIR' in Her Name
“I’m not a Hindustan leaver but Hindustan returner,” Karti Chidambaram told the court through his advocate, Congress lawmaker Abhishek Manu Singhvi, NDTV reported. (Also read: P Chidambaram Asked Indrani, Peter Mukerjea to Help Karti’s Business, Claims CBI) Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput's Family Lawyer Vikas Singh on Sanjay Raut's Claims: Who in Shiv Sena Knows SSR's Father?
Karti was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Sumeet Anand and the Central Bureau of Investigation sought his custodial interrogation for 15 days claiming that he was not cooperating in the probe. The duty magistrate remanded him to one-day CBI custody and asked the agency to produce Karti before the concerned judge on Thursday. (Also read: Karti in CBI Custody; Congress Calls Arrest Political Witch-hunting, BJP Hits Back) Also Read - 'Larger Issue', Says DMK's Kanimozhi, Day After Nationality Questioned For Not Knowing Hindi
In its remand application filed in the court, the CBI claimed that sustained interrogation of Karti was needed to unearth the “total conspiracy” hatched in the case and also to find out the details of overseas payments allegedly received by him from INX Media as a “quid pro quo”. (Also read: CBI justifies Karti’s arrest, citing non-cooperation in probe)
“Thus, Karti Chidambaram needs to be subjected to sustained interrogation for unearthing the total conspiracy hatched in the case and also to find out the details of overseas payments received by him from INX Media as a quid pro quo for influence exercised by him over the public servants to scuttle the punitive action required to be taken against M/S INX Media (P) Ltd for the illegal acts of receiving excess investment than the approved FDI and also for making of downstream investment without the FIPB approval. For this purpose, his police custody remand for a period of 15 days is considered essential,” the CBI said in the court.
Earlier in the day, Karti was taken into custody by a team of CBI officials at the Chennai airport on his return from the United Kingdom.
The CBI had lodged an FIR 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 Rs 305 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was the Union finance minister.
The agency alleged that Karti had received funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh in the case.
It had claimed that Karti had also received money from INX Media to scuttle a tax probe. The firm was owned at the time by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, who are currently in jail on charges of allegedly murdering Indrani’s daughter Sheena Bora.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also registered a money laundering case in the INX Media matter.
With inputs from PTI