Supreme Court transfers Karti Chidambaram’s challenge to ED summons to HC
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday transferred Karti Chidambaram’s plea seeking quashing of summons issued against him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the INX Media case to the Delhi high court.
It is likely that Karti Chidambaram will approach the Delhi high court in the course of the day to get interim relief against arrest from the ED.
The apex court has also asked the high court to hear the matter on Friday and decide in accordance with law.
Karti Chidambaram, through his counsel told the court that he had not been provided with a copy of the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) due to which the ED should not be able to proceed against him.
Just hours after he was arrested by the CBI at Chennai airport in connection with alleged bribery at INX Media on 28 February, he was sent to custody by a special court.
His custody, initially extended by five days on 1 March, was again extended by three days to 9 March so that the CBI could question him over the matter. The investigative agency had sought to remand him to 15-day custody for further questioning, which would include confronting him with evidence.
He is accused of having received Rs10 lakh in kickbacks in 2007 to clear foreign investment worth Rs305 crore for INX Media, which was owned by Peter and Indrani Mukherjea, at a time when his father P. Chidambaram was finance minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.
INX Media is being probed by both CBI and ED over the allegations that Karti Chidambaram had received kickbacks from the media house.