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Congress MP Karti Chidambaram at Parliament House. (PTI)
Congress MP Karti Chidambaram at Parliament House. (PTI)

Supreme Court allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad, has to deposit 2 crore

  • The Congress MP will have to deposit an amount of 2 crore and submit his detailed itinerary before his travel, the SC bench said

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Congress MP and son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram, to travel abroad. The SC bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, has asked him to furnish his detailed itinerary and security of 2 crore.

The top court said the amount be deposited in a nationalised bank and allowed Chidambaram to travel for six months.

Opposing the application, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju said earlier Karti was allowed to travel abroad, but with a deposit of 10 crore.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was appearing for the Congress MP, said the condition was not justified for a member of Parliament and he would not run away anywhere.

The SC had earlier allowed Karti Chidambaram to travel to the UK, the US, France, Germany and Spain, after depositing 10 crore with the secretary-general of the Supreme Court. The apex court had also asked him to file an undertaking that he would return and cooperate with the investigation.

Earlier in March 2018, Karti was arrested at the Chennai airport minutes after his flight from London landed. CBI officials had claimed he was not cooperating with the investigation and wanted to keep him in custody and question him.

Karti is being probed in several cases, including the one relating to Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign funds to the tune of 305 crore when his father was the finance minister. The cases are being probed by the ED and the CBI.

It is alleged that P Chidambaram withheld the FIPB clearance of the deal until his son received the 5% share in the firm.

The INX Media scam case also saw P Chidambaram imprisoned for over 100 days in the national capital's Tihar Jail in 2019.

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