NEW DELHI :
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Karti Chidambaram to deposit ₹10 crore with the court registry as a precondition to his travelling abroad in February and March.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi came down heavily on Karti and asked him to appear for questioning before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on 5,6,7 and 12 March regarding the Aircel-Maxis and INX media case probes.
"Don't play around with the law. We will come down heavily even if an iota of non-cooperation is found from your end," Gogoi remarked.
The apex court had earlier asked the ED for dates when he would be required in the country for questioning in the INX Media and Aircel-Maxis cases for which he is being probed.
The court was hearing a plea by Karti Chidambaram seeking 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 (UPA) 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.