Karti Chidambaram moves Madras High Court against lookout notice against him
The Supreme Court overruled a Madras high court order staying the lookout notice against him. Photograph: (Twitter)
Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram has moved the Madras High Court against the "look out" circular issued by the Union Home ministry against him over a corruption case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Lookout circulars are issued by an investigating agency over apprehensions that the suspect may leave the country or try to evade the probe.
The CBI had on June 15 issued a notice to Karti and his four associates to appear before it for questioning in their headquarters at Delhi between June 27 and June 29.
The CBI accuses Karti of facilitating Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to media group INX Media Pvt Ltd for "kickbacks" when his father P Chidambaram was the finance minister.
INX Media stated in its records that an amount of Rs 10 lakh was given to Advantage Strategic Consulting (P) Limited, a firm the CBI said was "indirectly" owned by Karti, for management consultancy charges for the FIPB notification and clarification, the CBI states.
The charges against Karti include criminal conspiracy, cheating, taking gratification in order by corrupt or illegal means to influence a public servant and criminal misconduct.
On July 21, Karti moved the Madras High Court seeking the quashing of the corruption case filed by the CBI against him.
The Enforcement Directorate has slapped a money laundering case against Karti and others taking cognisance of the CBI FIR against him.
Karti has denied the accusations against him as being politically motivated.
Chidambaram has denied the charges and said that FIPB approval was granted in "hundreds of cases."
He also accused the government of using investigating agencies to target his son and his friends to "silence" his voice against the government. He said there were no allegations against the five secretaries who constituted the FIPB, and the officials of the FIPB secretariat.