Go abroad but give `10 crore: Supreme Court tells Karti Chidambaram

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday permitted Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, to travel abroad in May and June after depositing Rs 10 crore as security with it. Karti, who is facing probe in the INX Media and the Aircel Maxis cases, had moved the top court seeking a nod to travel to the US, Germany and Spain for international tennis tournaments organised by ‘Totus Tennis Ltd’. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed his plea as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for CBI and the Enforcement Directorate, had not opposed the move.

Senior advocate K V Vishwanathan, appearing for Karti, said that Rs 10 crore, which was deposited earlier, was still lying with the apex court’s registry. “We do not think, you would have any problem in depositing Rs 10 crore again,” the bench said. The apex court on January 30 had allowed Karti to travel abroad after depositing Rs 10 crore as security and had cautioned him that it would “come down heavily” if he did not cooperate during the probe into INX Media and Aircel Maxis cases.

It had also asked him to file an undertaking indicating his flight details and the date of arrival in India. Besides, it had asked him to surrender the passport on return and not to “open or close any bank account overseas”. Karti is facing criminal cases which are being probed by the ED and the CBI.

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