Provide dates for questioning Karti in Aircel-Maxis, INX cases: SC to ED

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jan 2019 09:38:24



THE Supreme Court on Monday asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to specify by January 30 the dates on which it wants to interrogate Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, in INX Media and Aircel-Maxis cases. Karti has sought the apex court’s nod to travel to France, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom for the next few  months for international tennis tournaments organised by ‘Totus Tennis Ltd’.

The apex court however made it clear that if Karti evades the probe agency then it may not permit him to travel for international tennis tournaments organised by the UK-based company.  “No tennis for him if he evades,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna. The plea has said that Karti is associated with tennis as a “former player, current administrator and entrepreneur”.
The bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED, to seek instructions and give dates on which  the probe agency wanted to quiz Karti.

“We will ensure both. We will ensure that he appears before you (ED) and he goes for his tennis assignment,” it said. The probe agency has opposed the plea of Karti seeking permission to travel abroad and has said that he has been evasive, non-cooperative and caused delay in completing the investigations.


Protection from arrest to PC, Karti extended till Feb 18


A DELHI court on Monday extended till February 18 the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti from arrest in the Aircel-Maxis scam.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini extended the relief to Chidambaram noting that he will not be available on February 1.