Karti sent to Tihar till 24th, gets no special cell

A trial court will pronounce its order on CBI's plea to send Karti Chidambaram to judicial custody in the INX Media corruption case on Monday.

"The agency should have obtained the leave of the high court before arresting Karti", he said.

The bench also noted that despite tweets by others in response to the innuendo and clarifying the correct position, "he (editor) cared not to withdraw the mischievous and false tweet". Senior advocates Dayan Krishnan and Mohit Mathur argued, "He (P Chidambaram) handled several MCOCA and terror cases when he was minister of home".

The court said the apprehension can not be ignored keeping in view his and his father's social status. Sibal also said that Karti's bail plea was pending since March 5, 2018. He said such social media activity should not be ignored but a stern message sent.

As per reports by PTI, Karti was produced in the court of Special Judge Sunil Rana, before whom CBI counsel V K Sharma moved an application for judicial custody of the senior Congress leader's son.

The court also dismissed his appeal for an urgent hearing on his bail plea after which he moved the high court seeking bail.

Karti has been in the custody of the CBI since his arrest on February 28, which was supposed to end on Friday.

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.

Denying the contention, Additional Solicitor General G Rajagopalan submitted that the high court in its order has not stated anything about his arrest while permitting him to travel overseas. "Hence, CBI is conducting investigation of the case without the co-operation of the accused".

It sought quashing of the probe by the ED, alleging that it was contrary to the procedure established by law and violates Karti Chidambaram's fundamental rights.

Karti was arrested on his return from the United Kingdom at the Chennai airport on February 28 and later sent to the probe agency's custody.

The ED had registered a case against Karti Chidambaram and others in May a year ago.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

Vanessa Coleman