SC refuses to grant Karti interim relief in INX Media case

The Supreme Court refused to grant Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, interim protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an alleged money laundering case related to INX Media.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud sought a response from the ED on Karti’s fresh plea seeking protection from arrest.

The court posted the matter for further hearing on March 8.

In his fresh writ petition, Karti has challenged the summons on the ground that the ED has no jurisdiction to issue such notices based on the FIR lodged by the CBI.

The apex court had on February 23 refused to stay the summons issued by the ED against Karti Chidambaram — who is presently in CBI custody in the INX Media money laundering case — after the CBI said he was “not a common criminal” and his plea for quashing the notice was “a guise for an anticipatory bail plea”.

(Agencies)