Madras HC gives permission to Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad

The Madras high court on Friday green signalled the overseas travel plans of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, despite strong objections from the CBI in view of pending lookout circulars. However, the relief is not without conditions. Karti has been directed to inform his entire travel plans, including the places of visit, to the CBI in advance. He must also return to India by February 28.
The first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose passed the interim order on a plea moved by Karti assailing the validity of lookout circulars issued against him and seeking permission to travel abroad.

Karti was restrained to leave India by the CBI, which issued a lookout circulars against him in connection with an FIR registered by the agency, in the alleged irregular approval of Rs 305 crore foreign investment in INX Media in 2007, allegedly at the behest of Karti when his father was the Union finance minister.

The notices were issued on August 16 and August 18.

 Earlier, during the course of hearing, senior counsel Gopal Subramanium contended that Karti had already appeared before the agency for inquiry and assured cooperation in future. This apart, he and his family were before the court and he was not a fugitive against whom lookout notices could be issued, he said.
Opposing the arguments, additional solicitor general G Rajagopalan said, “He is seeking permission for a business trip. If it is for any emergency or medical reasons, the agency would not have objected to it. But when it comes to his private interest and interest of the probe, the latter prevails. Moreover, his business affair is the subject matter of the probe.”

“Furthermore, during the course of investigation, the agency got leads of money trail of the alleged offence reaching the shores of the UK and other European countries. There is a real and present danger that his presence in the countries would result in tampering of incriminating evidence present against him,” he added.
As carried in TOI

One thought on “Madras HC gives permission to Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad”

  1. yogesh says:

    Karti has been directed to inform his travel plans

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