Karti sent to Tihar till March 24, denied separate cell, books


Observing the counsel's submission, the court said that the apprehension raised by senior counsel of the accused can not be ignored keeping in view his social status, but more specifically, due to his father's, who is former a Union Minister. However, the judge directed Tihar Jail authorities to provide and ensure proper safety and security to Karti during the judicial custody.

Karti was arrested in February for allegedly taking money to facilitate Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media in 2007 when his father was the finance minister in the Congress-led government. Sources said CBI will seek his custody for another three days and is likely to apprise the court about the contents of the confrontation between Karti and his Chartered Accountant S Bhaskararaman, who is presently in judicial custody. "However, only keeping in view the fact of social status of the accused and his father, he can not be treated differently from other accused persons and can not be allowed to be kept in a separate room", he held, rejecting Karti's contention of a "great fear" that "something was going to happen" to him. "The agency should have obtained the leave of the high court before arresting Karti", he said. Son of former finance minister has asked the court to allow him a separate washroom.

Opposing the security application, the CBI argued that while there may be a threat to P Chidambaram, no threat lies to Karti or his family members, as they continue to travel around the country at free will.

CBI counsel V K Sharma opposed the application for a separate cell and bathroom saying there was no threat to Karti. His pleas for separate cell, washroom and home cooked food were also turned down. The threat exists, I hope the court to protect us. Im shocked that CBI can oppose my plea for security.

All that Karti will be carrying are his spectacles and medicines as he left for Tihar jail where he will now be lodged with fellow prisoners without any special facilities being extended to him. The first bench of the Madras High Court, comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose, which heard oral arguments submitted on the plea, posted the matter for submission of written arguments to March 13. However, when the issue was taken up in the court on March 9, the agency decided not to press for it as of now while keeping its right to file application once again at the appropriate time.