Karti was closing foreign bank accounts: CBI to SC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Sep 2017 12:01:27


Sept 22,


THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday told the Supreme Court that Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, was prevented from travelling abroad as he was allegedly closing several of his foreign bank accounts. Justifying the issuance of a look out circular against Karti, the agency also claimed before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that “shocking” details have emerged during his foreign visits which were directly connected to the FIR lodged in the corruption case.

The CBI FIR, lodged on May 15, had alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Karti’s father was the Union Finance Minister.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta (ASG), appearing for the CBI, sought to place before the bench some documents in a sealed cover which was vehemently objected to by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was appearing for Karti. “What he did abroad is part of this sealed cover,” Mehta told the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

When Sibal repeatedly protested the ASG’s submissions that the CBI be allowed to place before it the documents in a sealed cover, Mehta took the opportunity to briefly speak about the contents of documents enclosed in the cover. “I am objecting to it. This is not a part of the FIR. They cannot file documents in the court like this,” Sibal said.

Mehta retorted, “Let me say what is contained in the sealed cover. What he has done when he was abroad. He said (during interrogation) he has only one account abroad. But when he went abroad, he closed several bank accounts. I don’t want to say all this as it will embarrass him, but I have been compelled.” Sibal then said that not a single question relating to this was asked by the agency during Karti’s interrogation. “They interrogated me (Karti), but not a single question was asked on this,” he said, adding “if they can show any signature of Karti on any account, they can prosecute him under the FEMA or blackmoney law”.