- CBI told court that he had flatly refused to share password of his phone
- My phone is of 2016-make and case dates back to 2008, Karti said
- He was arrested on February 28 on charges of receiving bribe in INX case
The CBI had told the court earlier this week that Karti Chidambaram had flatly refused to share the password to his mobile phone.
"I have not given my password to the CBI and will not give it," the 46-year-old businessman said.
"Why should they go through my personal documents and photographs stored in my phone? My phone is of 2016-make and the case is vintage 2008. So they both not connected," he quipped.
Appearing for the CBI, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had told the court that when asked for his phone password, Karti "virtually says go to hell".
Karti was arrested on February 28 on charges that he had facilitated, for a bribe, investment approvals for the INX media group in 2007 and 2008 using the influence of his father, who was then Finance Minister. Karti is alleged to have been paid 700,000 dollars by the two former co-owners of the media house, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, who are currently in jail on charges of murdering Sheena Bora, the daughter of Indrani.
Today, P Chidambaram appeared as a lawyer as the CBI sought more time to investigate Karti in custody.
"I have not been feeling well. I am eating whatever is available in the CBI canteen," Karti told NDTV.
He revealed that he is given curd-based food, and often fruits and milk.
The Delhi High Court today granted him some reprieve. He cannot be arrested by the Enforcement Directorate until the next hearing on March 20, the court said.