Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
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Karti sent to Tihar till March 24, denied separate cell, books

Karti sent to Tihar till March 24, denied separate cell, books

"Several MCOCA, terror accused lodged (in Tihar jail), therefore the threat perception".

The high court, which took up the issue on its own after judges from Tamil Nadu forwarded the tweets made by the editor to it, said one of the two tweets by the senior scribe was "directly attacking the Supreme Court". "Under the circumstances when there is sufficient material clearly implicating the accused in this serious economic offence, it is absolutely necessary that the accused be remanded to the judicial custody", the CBI counsel said. However, Karti's counsel moved the court to hear his bail plea today itself which was otherwise listed for March 15. "He [Karti Chidambaram] can not be treated different from other accused persons and can not be allowed to be kept in separate prison", the court said. "His father P Chidambaram has dealt with stringent penal laws including TADA, MCOCA, UAPA and NDPS posing a huge security threat to Karti", Krishnan said, adding that Karti can not be exposed to criminals.

Karti will now be lodged at Tihar Jail till March 24 and his pleas for separate cell and home-cooked food were also denied.

While remanding him to judicial custody, the court directed the Tihar jail authorities to provide adequate security.

Karti Chidambaram's father P Chidambaram was also present in the courtroom.

Trashing Karti's contention that he faces a threat in jail, the CBI argued that if the accused has been traveling overseas did not face any personal threat, then how is it possible that he would he face threat to his life inside a jail where there are tight security measures in place.

In the application submitted in Patiala House Court, the Central Bureau of Investigation has mentioned that Karti in the police custody had been evasive and non-cooperative.

Karti was arrested on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15 past year.

The CBI had initially alleged that Karti Chidambaram received Rs 10 lakh as a bribe for facilitating the FIPB clearance to INX Media. It, however, later revised the figure to United States dollars 1 million (about Rs 6.50 crore at the current exchange rate and Rs 4.50 crore in 2007). The son of the former finance minister has been in custody since his arrest on February 28 in the INX Media corruption case where he is alleged to have used the office of his father, then finance minister, to favour INX Media in getting FIPB clearances.

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