SC asks Karti to approach CBI for quizzing

Madras HC had stayed the look out circulars issued against Karti Chidambaram and four others by the Centre

In a major setback to Karti Chidambaram, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that he can not leave the country till he participates in the CBI investigation against him in a case of alleged corruption. The CBI issued a lookout notice against him last week.

The bench, during the hearing, repeatedly observed that Karti had not joined the investigation in the case and, moreover, he has not sought grant of anticipatory bail in the matter.

Karti Chidambaram is the son of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram. I was always responding to the summonses issued by the CBI and that there was no absolute cause of action for issuance of the LOC, he also said The circular is a well thought out and meticulously orchestrated fraudulent plan of the CBI to stop me at the airport as and when I proceed overseas by springing an unpleasant surprise on me and leak it to the media that I am detained at the airport and cause embarrassment to me, he also said.

On CBI's plea, the court stayed the Madras HC order of August 10 suspending the look out circular issued against him. The court has directed him to appear before the CBI and has forbidden him from travelling overseas.

In his petition to the high court, Karti said that the circular was part of the central government's "political vendetta" which was issued "arbitrarily".

In his petition, Karti Chidambaram contended that the look out notice was part of the central government's political vendetta and issued arbitrarily and could not prevent him from travelling overseas.

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 overseas.

An FIR, dated May 15, was registered before the special CBI judge in New Delhi.

Karti Chidambaram is accused of getting commissions through a company associated with him, allegedly to scuttle a probe by the revenue department against INX Media, then controlled by Peter and Indrani Mukerjea.

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