Kartu’s Case: Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Centre’s Plea Against Madras High Court Order

The Centre which filed a plea against the Madras High Court in the Supreme Court got a chance to argue its version as the apex court accepted to hear the case.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday accepted to hear Central government petition against a Madras High Court order, which stayed a lookout notice against Karti Chidambaram over a corruption case filed by CBI.

The Supreme Court heard the matter in the afternoon. Earlier, Madras High Court stayed the lookout notices issued against former union minister Chidambaram’s son Karit and four others over a corruption case. The Centre has issued the notice under the Passport Act.

The case was related to alleged irregularities in the FIPB clearance at INX Media for receiving overseas funds, when his father was the union finance minister in 2007.

When Karti and others filed petitions seeking to quash the circulars, the Madras High Court granted an interim stay and directed centre to file its counter by September 4.  Karti’s aides CBN Reddy, Ravi Viswanathan, Mohanan Rajesh, and S Bhaskar Raman too got the interim relief.

While the circulars against Karti were issued on June 16, circulars were passed against four others on July 18.

In his plea, Karti argued that the lookout notice was nothing but a political vendetta and was issued arbitrarily without jurisdiction to prevent him from travelling abroad. He also stated that when he responded to the summons issued by the CBI, there was no need to issue the circular.

Karti alleged that the circular was a fraudulent plan of the CBI to stop him at the airport to detain him causing embarrassment and to leak the same to the media.

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