Noting that the impugned circular had been issued just a day after the notice was sent under relevant CrPC sections asking Karti to appear on June 29 for questioning, the high court had said, “this…according to this court, is prima facie unwarranted”.
The Foreigner Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) and the Bureau of Immigration, under the Union Home Ministry, had issued the circulars against Karti on June 16 last and against the four others on July 18.
In his petition, Karti has contended that the lookout circular was part of the central government’s “political vendetta” and issued “arbitrarily” without jurisdiction to prevent him from travelling abroad.
He also said he had responded to the summonses issued by the CBI in connection with the case and there was “no absolute cause of action” for issuance of the circular.
The case is related to alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds when Karti’s father was the Union Finance Minister in 2007.
CBI had claimed that the FDI proposal of the media house was “fallacious”, but Chidambaram had cleared it.
The FIR dated May 15 was registered before the special CBI judge here. It was followed by searches at the residences and offices of Karti and his friends on May 16.
( Source – PTI )