New Delhi: The Supreme Court today directed Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, to appear before investigators at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on August 23 for questioning in a corruption case.
A bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud allowed Karti Chidambaram to be accompanied by a lawyer at the CBI headquarters during the questioning.
"During the course of the hearing, the counsel for respondent number 1 (Karti) states that the respondent is ready and willing to appear before the investigating officer."
"We, therefore, hereby direct respondent number 1 (Karti) to appear before the investigating officer on August 23 at CBI headquarters in New Delhi," the bench said.
It gave CBI the liberty to question him for as many days as it wants till August 28, the next date of hearing.
It also asked Karti Chidambaram to carry all necessary documents required to defend himself against the allegations made by the CBI in the FIR.
The bench, however, clarified that the accompanying lawyer would sit in an adjoining room to the place where Karti Chidambaram will be questioned by CBI investigators.
The bench has now posted the matter for consideration on August 28 and asked both parties to file their respective reports with regard to the investigation and other aspects of the case.
The Supreme Court had on August 14 said that Karti Chidambaram would not be allowed to leave India without subjecting himself to investigation in the corruption case.
The Supreme Court, which stayed the Madras High Court order putting on hold the look out circular (LOC) issued by the Centre against Karti Chidambaram, had sought to know when he would make his appearance for questioning before CBI.
The case lodged by CBI in Delhi is related to alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of almost Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Karti Chidambaram's father P Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister.
The CBI had claimed that the FDI proposal of the media house, cleared by Mr Chidambaram, was "fallacious".
The FIR was registered on May 15 before the special CBI judge in New Delhi and the registration of the case was followed by searches at the residences and offices of Karti Chidambaram and his friends on May 16.
The Madras High Court had on August 10 stayed the look out circulars issued against Karti Chidambaram and four others by the Centre under the Passport Act over the corruption case filed by the CBI.
The order had come on petitions filed by Karti Chidambaram and others seeking to quash the circulars, issued against Karti Chidambaram on June 16 last year and against the four others on July 18 this year.