Karti Chidambaram, who is the son of the former Union minister P Chidambaram’s son, was presented in a Delhi court after his three-day police custody in the INX Media corruption case, by the CBI, and as it concluded, they have asked for his custody to be extended to 15 days more. Karti’s counsel have moved the court with a plea for his bail from the custody. A separate cell has also been asked for, if Karti is taken into the custody again. CBI had asked for a three day extension for Karti on the basis that new evidence had been discovered against him, which had to go through the forensics tests. P. Chidambaram also attended the court hearing, as he has done previously during other hearings.
Karti was arrested by the CBI on February 28, from the Chennai airport, as he was traveling back from a trip to Britain. The arrested was based on the FIR that had been made against him in May, last year, which alleged that there were some discrepancies in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media.
He was arrested because Indrani Mukerjea and her husband, Peter Mukerjea had testified that they did grant bribe to him to issue the clearance. The amount of bribe has been reported Rs. 4.50 crore. Karti’s arrest has been controversial, especially since his relation to P. Chidambaram. The case dates back to 2007, when P. Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister of India.