Karti Chidambaram went abroad to close undisclosed foreign bank accounts: CBI tells SC

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New Delhi, Sep 23, 2017: The Central Bureau of Investigation told the Supreme Court that Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union minister P Chidambaram went abroad to close his undisclosed foreign bank accounts and transfer the money from these accounts to another.

Justifying the issuance of a look out circular (LoC) against Karti, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said that “We issued a notice and asked him how many bank accounts he has. He said only one.”

“But what we found is that there are several accounts which he went abroad and closed — several accounts also where Great Britain pounds are transferred by him.” Mehta submitted that he wants the court to see the details, which were in a sealed cover.

The bench, also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and A M Khanwilkar, was hearing a petition filed by the CBI challenging a Madras High Court order. The High Court had put a stay on the lookout circular issued against Karti on June 15 this year in the case of alleged corruption in FIPB clearance to a media house.

However, the apex court has already stayed the HC order and revived the circular. Mehta revealed the details to the court when senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Karti, objected to his arguments, saying only the circular was under challenge for now in the apex court, indicating that the ASG should restrict his arguments to that.

Wefornews Bureau

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