The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would peruse documents provided by the CBI which, the agency claimed, reflected bank accounts and property details of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram. Karti is facing graft charges in connection with a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to a media house.
The CBI reiterated that it had issued a lookout circular (LOC) against Karti as he had “tampered with evidence” during recent visits abroad and was apprehensive that he might repeat this if allowed to go again. A bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would on Wednesday see the report the CBI had provided in sealed cover.
Representing the agency, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench that the papers were “contemporaneous records” obtained during the probe and insisted that the court look into them. The apex court was hearing a CBI petition challenging an order of the Madras High Court staying the LOC against Karti. The agency had registered an FIR against him on May 15 this year, alleging irregularities in FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds when Chidambaram was finance minister.
Karti had filed an affidavit in the case on Monday saying that the ASG had made “several comments” against him in court. Mehta objected, saying that “lawyers ...