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INX media case: SC asks CBI to file its reply on Karti’s plea seeking to travel abroad by end of day

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    The Supreme Court on Thursday asked CBI to file its reply on the plea filed by Karti Chidambaram seeking to travel abroad in INX Media case by Thursday evening.

    Karti Chidambaram

    The CBI had sought more time to reply to the plea filed by Karti Chidambaram. The matter was adjourned until November 20.

    In the previous hearing, the SC had asked CBI to respond whether Karti Chidambaram could be allowed to travel abroad for 4-5 days and what can be the conditions imposed on him so that he does not escape.

    A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud asked additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, representing CBI, to seek instruction on the issue and appraise it in the next hearing.

    Karti Chidambaram had moved the court as the government has issued a lookout circular against him preventing him from travelling abroad in connection with the INX Media case.

    During the hearing, the bench perused the documents supplied by CBI in a sealed cover relating to materials found during the investigation conducted so far. In the previous hearing, the SC rejected his plea seeking permission to travel abroad in connection with the INX Media case.

    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), earlier, had opposed the plea, saying Karti might tamper with the evidence in the UK, which is very crucial for the ongoing investigation. Karti's lawyer Kapil Sibal told the apex court that the former was not a 'fugitive of justice'.

    It has been alleged that Karti illegally took service charges for getting the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to the INX Media for receiving funds from abroad worth Rs. 305 crore in 2007, when his father P Chidambaram was the finance minister in Congress-led UPA government.

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