ED has alleged that Karti was not cooperating with the investigation, which was one of the conditions imposed on him while granting him interim relief. File Photo: PTI
ED has alleged that Karti was not cooperating with the investigation, which was one of the conditions imposed on him while granting him interim relief. File Photo: PTI

Supreme court to hear Karti Chidambaram's plea to travel abroad on Wednesday

  • Karti Chidambaram sought to travel to France, Spain, United Kingdom and Germany over the next few months
  • Karti, who has been accused in various corruption cases has been permitted to travel abroad by the top court on previous occasions 

NEW DELHI : New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for dates when Karti Chidambaram would be required in the country for questioning in the INX Media and Aircel-Maxis cases, for which he is being probed.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the matter would thereafter be heard on Wednesday.

The court was hearing a plea by Karti Chidambaram seeking the courts' permission to travel abroad. He has sought to travel to France, Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany over the next few months in connection with various international tennis tournaments organised by Totus Tennis Ltd.

His plea was opposed by the ED, which claimed that allowing him to travel abroad would jeopardize the pending probe against him in the Aircel-Maxis and INX Media cases.

Karti, who has been accused in several cases of corruption, has been permitted to travel abroad by the top court on previous occasions, such as last September, when he visited the United Kingdom.

He is accused of having received 10 lakh in kickbacks in 2007 to clear foreign investment worth 305 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.

He is also accused in a case relating to alleged irregularities in the approval granted by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to the Aircel-Maxis deal.

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