INX media case: CBI seeks15-day judicial custody of Karti Chidambaram

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But in the main case, Karti Chidambaram was sent to jail till March 24. He also invoked the death of biscuit baron Rajan Pillai in 1995 and said that he did not want to be exposed to attacks. Also, the Court directed the police to ensure that Karti gets adequate security inside the jail.

"Only keeping in view the fact of social status of accused and his father, he can not be treated different from other accused persons and can not be allowed to be kept in a separate prison", the court said.

After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told Special Judge Sunil Rana they did not require further custody of Karti Chidambaram, the court remanded him in judicial custody.

Various undertrials facing prosecution under the mentioned laws were lodged in Tihar Jail where Karti Chidambaram will be lodged during his period of judicial custody, hence there was fear over his security. He also sought a separate cell in case Karti was sent to judicial custody. His remand comes to an end today and the CBI would seek three more days custody.

CBI counsel V K Sharma opposed the application for a separate cell and bathroom saying there was no threat to Karti.

Stressed on Karti Chidambaram's visits, he said that if the accused did not face any threat then, how did he now fear it in the jail, where there is deployment of large number of security personnel.

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The CBI Judge, after hearing the parties, observed that no separate prison shall be provided to Karti. The second is to allow the CBI to bring the Mukherjeas to Delhi from Mumbai and identify the places where they met Karti Chidambaram.

The matter will now come up for hearing on March 24.

He was being quizzed by the CBI for the last 12 days since his arrest on February 28.

The CBI initially alleged that Karti received Rs 10 lakh as bribe for the FIPB clearance.

Meanwhile, Karti's CA S Bhaskararaman, who is now in jail in a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has moved the court for anticipatory bail in the CBI case of INX Media.

The fresh evidence in the case, which triggered Karti's arrest, was based on the statement of Indrani Mukerjea, former director of INX Media (P) Ltd, who recorded it under Section 164 of Code of Criminal Procedure before a magistrate on 17 February.

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