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Karti alleges inhuman treatment in CBI custody

Karti alleges inhuman treatment in CBI custody

The court also issued a notice and sought a response of the Centre and the ED on Karti's plea challenging the issuance of summons and proceedings initiated against him in the money laundering case. He now faces further interrogation by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the INX Media money laundering case, during which he will be questioned alongside his chartered accountant S Bhaskararaman. The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate have alleged that ASCPL was "indirectly controlled" by Karti.

Constantly under bright lights and not allowed to sleep is what Karti Chidambaram's counsel told the Special CBI court which heard his remand application.

Karti, who is in the custody of the CBI, will be produced before a trial court on Friday on expiry of his three-day custodial interrogation.

A High Court bench of Justices S. Muralidhar and I.S. Mehta, however, directed the businessman to cooperate in the investigation, appear before the ED whenever required and submit his passport.

The CBI is investigating Karti for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 3.10 crore from INX Media to facilitate Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval when his father P Chidambaram was finance minister during UPA rule. The agency can apply for yet another three days of police custody under the law, which allows 15 days of police remand.

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Appearing for the CBI, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) said: "During the search operations, large number of voluminous records and documents were recovered having direct bearing with the offence under investigation...the accused has so far maintained that he is in no way concerned with Advantage Strategic Pvt Limited in spite of material showing direct nexus between the accused and the company".

However, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is the party colleague of P Chidambaram, opposed any further custodial interrogation of Karti.

He said a CD has been recovered from the office of Advantage Strategies Pvt Ltd in Chennai in connection with the case which needed to be sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) for examination, adding that he would have to be confronted with the new "incriminating" materials found.

Karti had yesterday moved the high court after the Supreme Court had enabled him to pull back his writ request of against the ED summons with a freedom to take pressing redressal under the watchful eye of the high court. Sources said when asked why ASCPL directors had bequeathed their shares to his daughter, Karti didn't deny the fact but told the officers to "ask the company directors about it".