A local court in Delhi on Friday sent Karti Chidambaram to three-day custody of the CBI hours after the Delhi High Court told the Enforcement Directorate that he could not be arrested until 20 March.
Karti will now be produced in court on Monday. The CBI had sought his remand for six more days, reported NDTV. Karti, the son of former finance minister, P Chidambaram, was arrested after arrived from London at Chennai airport on 28 February.
The Enforcement Directorate had filed a case against him last year alleging fraud in the grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign investment of over Rs 300 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was the union finance minister. He’s alleged to have received a kickback of $ 7,00,000 using his father’s influence as the union minister.
Karti had reportedly told the CBI to ‘go to hell’ when the federal probe agency asked him to hand over the password of his phone. Earlier this week, he was also taken to the Byculla prison in Mumbai and confronted with Indrani Mukerjea as part of the CBI’s probe into the matter. Both Indrani and Peter Mukerjea are currently behind bars for their alleged involvement in the murder of the former’s daughter, Sheena Bora.
As reported by Janta Ka Reporter earlier, Karti’s arrest has left father Chidambaram utterly devastated. The Congress had reacted angrily calling the arrest ‘vendetta politics’ by the BJP led government at the Centre. Taking to Twitter, the party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala had said, “Classical diversionary tactic to hide Scams & Colossal Corruption that is being exposed on a daily basis,be it NiMo+Choksi,D.D.Jewellers and Rotomac.”
With elections in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh scheduled this year, it’s quite likely that the Centre’s Modi government will want the spotlight on Karti to continue for the saffron brigade to be able to extract the much-needed electoral advantage. There are enough examples to suggest that the Modi-Shah duo have used the central agencies to settle political scores, but the two most powerful men of Indian politics don’t appear to give much importance to the negative perception about them.