Court to hear ED’s plea for Karti’s arrest on Oct 8 in Aircel-Maxis case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Sep 2018 08:48:26



A DELHI court will hear on October 8 a plea by Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking custodial interrogation of Karti Chidambaram, son of Congress leader P Chidambaram, in Aircel-Maxis case. Special Judge O P Saini adjourned the matter on Tuesday after Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate Sonia Mathur, appearing for the probe agency, told the court that they wanted some time to advance arguments on the application.

The court posted the matter for next date after senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Karti, requested it to fix the matter for October 8 when the court is already scheduled to hear Karti’s anticipatory bail application.  The court has directed the ED not to take any coercive action against Karti till October 8.

Advocates N K Matta and Nitesh Rana had earlier told the court on behalf of the ED that the interim protection was granted to Karti on March 24, 2018 on the condition that he will appear before the investigating officer as and when directed and join the probe. They alleged that he has violated the condition.

The agency alleged that Karti was not co-operating with the investigation, which was one of the conditions imposed on him while granting the interim relief. The agency told the court that the probe regarding Foreign Direct Investment approval was continuing.

In its plea, the ED had said that even when he appeared on a few occasions, Karti had either remained silent or answered after consulting his lawyers. Maintaining that the apex court had directed it to complete the investigation within six months, that is by September 12, the ED alleged that the actions of the accused were “nothing but dilatory tactics” to bypass the attempt to complete probe within the time frame.