Supreme Court relief to Karti Chidambaram from arrest by ED

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Responding to this, the bench said, "Since no objection has been expressed by the ED for changing the dates, the petition is fixed for hearing on 22 or March".

Karti's parents P Chidambaram and Nalini Chidambaram, both senior advocates, were present in the courtroom.

The probe agency, represented by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, alleged that Karti had tampered with certain evidence.

During the hearing before the top court, Mehta referred to sequence of events in these matters including the issues pending before the high court, and said the high court had on 9 March granted relief to Karti in ED's case while hearing his plea under Article 226.

The court was hearing plea filed by ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation against the high court order giving relief to Karti Chidambaram, son of Congress leader and former Union Minister P. Chidambaram, from arrest in the case.

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The agency, in its written response to the bail plea, also opposed Karti's move of withdrawing his bail plea from the trial court and moving the high court, saying it amounted to the abuse of legal process and no fault can be found with the trial court judge. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text.

In its appeal the ED said the high court could not have given anticipatory bail to Karti under its jurisdiction as this will become a legal device for persons like diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who had fled the country, even before they are questioned in ED cases.

Karti Chidambaram is in jail till March 24 in the case lodged by the CBI.

Karti Chidambaram was arrested by CBI from the Chennai Airport on 28 February. Indrani is now lodged in a Mumbai prison in connection with the case of murder of her daughter Sheena Bora.

The CBI said it has a recorded statement of Indrani Mukherjea, accusing Karti Chidambaram of accepting bribe to get the FIPB clearance.

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