August 4, 2017
Chennai: The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI has issued a look out notice against Karti P Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister. The notice is in the case relating to the alleged irregularities in obtaining Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearances for top INX Media. Karti has moved Madras High Court seeking quashing of the case.
During hearing, the court adjourned it to August 7 and has sought more clarifications from the Union Home Ministry.
Karti, in a series of tweets, said ”For all those “looking out for me”:) and posted several photos confirming that he was very much at his residence in Sivaganga.
In the posts, he was seen holding talks with leaders of Sivaganga district unit of the Congress and greeting its chief on his birthday.
Sources said the lookout notice was issued after Karti did not appear before the investigation team despite CBI summons issued on July 19, which he challenged before the High Court.
According to the CBI, a firm `indirectly controlled’ by Karti had received money from the media house of Indrani and Peter Mukerjea.
The agency had earlier issued summons to Karti and four others for questioning on June 27 and June 29, but Karti had sought more time.
It had registered an FIR against Karti and INX Media along with eight others for alleged irregularities in granting FIPB clearance to the media house for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2007.
In May, CBI conducted raids on the residential and business premises of Karti in Chennai in connection with the case. Following the raids, Chidambaram accused the Centre of targeting his son to silence his voice.