Karti Chidambaram remanded in 13-day judicial custody in Inx Media case

Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister was remanded in 13-day judicial custody on Monday in the INX Media corruption case.

A Delhi court dismissed his plea for a separate cell in Tihar Jail. The court also dismissed his appeal for an urgent hearing on his bail plea and a threat perception.

Karti had said in his application, his father P Chidambaram who, as union home minister had dealt with various stringent penal laws such as TADA, MCOCA, UAPA and NDPS and several terrorists were lodged in Tihar jail.

After 12 days of custodial interogation, CBI had said Karti was no longer required for further custodial interrogation, he was produced before special judge Sunil Rana after the expiry of his three-day police remand.

Karti was arrested on 28 February.
"In view of the fact that no more police custody remand of accused is sought by CBI, accused Karti Chidambaram is remanded to judicial custody. He be produced on March 24," the special judge said.

"The apprehension raised by the senior counsel for accused cannot be ignored keeping in view the social status of accused and his family, more specifically, his father, who is a former union minister.

"However, only keeping in view the fact of social status of accused and his father, he cannot be treated different from other accused persons and cannot be allowed to be kept in separate prison. However, lock up in-charge and jail superintendent are directed to provide and ensure proper security and safety to accused during judicial custody, as per rules," the court said.