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ED is on 'Fishing' Expedition to Malign my Father, Says Karti Chidambaram in Fresh Plea

Karti said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) cannot act against him until the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) completes its probe and asked the SC to restrain ED from issuing summons.

Utkarsh Anand | News18.com

Updated:March 6, 2018, 11:45 AM IST
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ED is on 'Fishing' Expedition to Malign my Father, Says Karti Chidambaram in Fresh Plea
Karti Chidambaram, son of former union minister P Chidambaram escorted by police personnel to the Patiala House court in New Delhi. (PTI photo)
New Delhi: Karti Chidambaram, in his latest plea in the Supreme Court, has alleged that the Enforcement Directorate is on a “fishing and roving enquiry” to malign the reputation of his father P Chidambaram.

Karti said the ED cannot act against him until the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) completes its probe and asked the SC to restrain ED from issuing summons.

“The CBI has committed contempt of Madras High Court by arresting me at the airport. The CBI hasn't even disclosed grounds of arrest,” Karti said in his plea.​

Karti has sought quashing of the Enforcement Directorate's summons against him in the INX Media corruption case. The plea was mentioned on Monday by his counsel before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, which agreed to hear it along with related pending matters scheduled for hearing on Tuesday.

The SC had on February 23 refused to stay the summons issued by the ED against Karti — who is presently in CBI custody in the INX Media money laundering case — after the CBI said he was "not a common criminal" and his plea for quashing the notice was "a guise for an anticipatory bail plea".

However, the top court had asked Karti to request the competent authority to postpone the ED summons seeking his appearance.

The bench had listed the matter for hearing on March 6 after senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who had appeared for Karti, sought time to file a proper application to challenge the ED proceedings.

The ED had registered a case against him and others in May last year. It registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), the ED's equivalent of a police FIR, against the accused named in a CBI complaint. These included Karti Chidambaram, INX Media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea.

An FIR, filed on May 15 last year, had alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving Rs 305 crore in overseas funds in 2007 when P Chidambaram was Union finance minister.

The apex court was hearing pleas, including the CBI's appeal, challenging the Madras High Court order staying a lookout circular (LOC) issued against Karti Chidambaram.

The CBI had on September 1 last year said there were "good, cogent" reasons for issuing the LOC. The Chidambarams have denied all the charges made against them.

Earlier, a single judge bench of the Madras High Court had stayed the LOC issued against Karti Chidambaram and others in the graft case.

Later, the apex court considered the CBI appeal and stayed the operation of the high court order staying the LOC.

The SC, however, has kept to itself another batch of petitions relating to registration of FIR in the corruption case.

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