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Delhi HC judge recuses herself from hearing of Karti’s bail plea


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A day after Karti Chidambaram moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail, Justice Indermeet Kaur on Tuesday recused herself from the hearing of the bail plea. A Special Court on Monday remanded Karti, the son of senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram, to judicial custody till March 24 in connection with the INX Media money laundering case. Without citing any reason for her recusal, Justice Kaur said she would refer the matter to the Acting Chief Justice, who would then assign it to another bench, reported media. The matter is likely to be heard later today.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), meanwhile, approached the Supreme Court today, challenging a Delhi High Court order giving relief to Karti Chidambaram. The HC had asked the ED not to arrest Karti until March 20, the next date of hearing. The apex court has listed the matter for March 15.
On March 9, the High Court had ordered the investigating agency to not arrest him till March 20 when it will take up the matter again. In his plea before the High Court, Karti Chidambaram had claimed that the agency did not have the jurisdiction to issue notices based on a First Information Report that the Central Bureau of Investigation had filed.
In May 2017, the Enforcement Directorate had filed a money laundering case against Karti Chidambaram, INX Media and its directors Indrani Mukerjea and Peter Mukerjea. The two are currently in jail for the murder of Sheena Bora, Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter. Chidambaram’s company allegedly received Rs 10 lakh from INX Media – which had received clearance from the Foreign Exchange Promotion Board for Rs 4 crore in foreign funding, when in fact it had got Rs 305 crore in 2007. P Chidambaram was the finance minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at that time.
Karti has been in police custody since his arrest on March 1. On Monday, the CBI did not press for further police remand but sought judicial custody for 15 days after accusing him of being “evasive” and non-cooperative. “There is sufficient material clearly implicating the accused in the serious economic offence,” the CBI had said.

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