Supreme Court rejects Interim Relief to Karti Chidambaram

Published on 06 Mar 2018 by Shivi

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On March 6, the Supreme Court of India issued a notice to the Enforcement Directorate with regards to the petition filed by Karti Chidambaram. Karti is the son of former Union Minister P. Chidambaram. The petition was filed by him to quash the criminal proceedings against him.

The criminal proceedings against him were filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in 2006 and 2007 by the Enforcement Directorate related to FIPB approval for Aircel-Maxis and INX Media.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra headed the SC bench that refused any interim protection to Karti from arrest. Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal appeared for Karti and said that his client is presently in CBI custody and the Enforcement Directorate does not have the power to arrest him in absence of an FIR. 

In the petition, Karti has claimed that the act of ED is in gross violation of his fundamental right under Article 21, along with Article 14 and 19 of the Indian Constitution. The apex court has issued a notice to ED and adjourned the case hearing to March 8. 

It was stated in the petition that the CBI had already undertaken the investigation for the case and ED had no authority to summon him for it. Karti accused ED of harassing him and maligning the image his family has built over the years. 


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