New Delhi, Feb 28: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday remanded Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, to one-day custody in the INX media case. The agency sought 15-day remand from Metropolitan Magistrate Sumeet Anand alleging non-cooperation by Karti in the probe. The magistrate, however, gave only a day in custody and asked the agency to produce him to the concerned judge on Thursday. Also Read - 'Mild Symptoms, Under Home Quarantine': Congress MP Karti Chidambaram Tests Positive For Coronavirus
The CBI said in its remand application that interrogation was needed to reveal the conspiracy, and to get the details of payments Karti Chidambaram allegedly received. CBI’s prosecutor VK Sharma told the court that Karti was not cooperating in the investigation and that he might flee the country. He also said that Karti’s arrest was based on Indrani Mukerjea’s statement that Karti had accepted one million dollars from INX media. Also Read - INX Media Case: Supreme Court Rejects CBI’s Review Plea Challenging Bail Order to P Chidambaram
Meanwhile, Karti Chidambaram, who was arrested from Chennai by the CBI, said it was political vendetta against him. The Congress party said it was political witch-hunting against P Chidambaram and his son. Party leader Randeep Surjewala accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers of political witch-hunting to deflect heat from bank scams. Also Read - INX Media Money-Laundering Case: ED Files Chargesheet Against Congress Leader P Chidambaram, Son Karti
“PM and his ministers are using political witch-hunt and malicious intent to deflect heat from bank scam and losses to the public exchequer. Political persecution of P Chidambaram and his son by puppet CBI to serve agenda of their political master is nothing but cog in this wheel,” he said.
Responding to Karti’s allegation of vendetta, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the nature of evidence available against the offender must speak for itself and not the “alibi” of vendetta.
“I will only make one observation. When such issues are raised, what is important is that the nature of evidence available against the offender must speak for itself and not the alibi of vendetta,” he said.
He said there was no interference from the government and the law must take its own course. He added that the CBI will explain all the details in the case.
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 last year 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 has alleged that Karti had received funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh in the case.