INX Media case: Delhi High Court seeks CBI’s response on bail plea of Karti Chidambaram


New Delhi: Karti Chidambaram, the arrested son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, today moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail, hours after a court sent him to judicial custody in the INX Media corruption case, till March 24 and dismissed his plea that he be put in a separate cell in Tihar Jail in view of “threat perception”.

Karti’s parents P Chidambaram and Nalini Chidambaram, both senior advocates, were present in the courtroom.

During the hearing, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Karti, informed the high court that he would withdraw the bail plea from the trial court.

Earlier in the day, the matter was posted before Justice Indermeet Kaur who recused herself from the case and said she would refer the matter to the Acting Chief Justice for assigning the bail plea to another bench for today itself.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the matter would be heard tomorrow by an appropriate bench after the counsel for Karti, senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, moved the court seeking bail.

The court had also dismissed his appeal for an urgent hearing on his bail plea and the “threat perception” due to the fact that his father, as a Union minister in the previous UPA government, had handled several sensitive issues.

The court had sent him to Tihar Jail after the CBI, in whose custody he was quizzed for 12 days in a row after his arrest on February 28 from Chennai, said he was no longer required for further custodial interrogation. The court said his bail plea would be heard on March 15 as scheduled.

Karti was arrested by the CBI on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with an FIR lodged on May 15 last year.

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