New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed senior Congress leader P Chidambaram's son Karti to travel to Britain from 20 to 30 September. Despite the objection of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), that Karti is misusing the relief given to the court itself, the bench of Chief Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice AM Khanvilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud accepted Karti's plea.
Karti is being investigated by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against criminal cases. Out of the ongoing cases against them, it is related to FIPB clearance to the INA Media for obtaining foreign fund of Rs 350 crore. This is the case when Karti's father P Chidambaram was the finance minister. Karti is also facing issues like Aircel-Maxis and money laundering.
ED had said that the court was misusing relief like the permission of the court to go abroad. This is affecting investigations against them in Aircel-Maxis case, which is to be investigated by the agency within six months. The agency said in its reply, "The petitioner (Karti) is not available 51 days in the order of inquiry due to his foreign visits during the six-month period." The Supreme Court earlier, Britain, France and the United States, and made it clear that they have to adhere to the conditions of pre-order and have to submit their passports upon return.