CBI wants narco analysis on Karti Chidambaram, appeals to SC

  • CBI wants narco analysis on Karti Chidambaram, appeals to SC

CBI wants narco analysis on Karti Chidambaram, appeals to SC

During the yesterday's hearing, the CBI told the court that Karti was not cooperating in the probe.

Mr. Karti's writ petition alleged that the ED was conducting its investigation under the anti-money laundering law without an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) or establishing a predicate/scheduled offence or even identifying the proceeds of the crime.

The CBI got a shot in the arm when the CBI judge rejected Karti's stand that the case against him was "politically motivated" and "targeted" to tarnish the image of his father and allowed the agency to subject him to three more days of custodial interrogation.

Outside the trial court in Patiala House, Karti repeated his stand that the allegations against him were baseless. The court said the extension was necessary for maintaining continuity in the probe and collect evidence to discover the truth.

The CBI through its counsel additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta accused Karti of non-cooperation and stated, "After seizing of mobile, if the accused says, "I will not give my password, you go to hell", this is also called non-cooperation".

The agency, which produced Karti Chidambaram before special judge Sunil Rana after his five-day police custody expired, said an extension was needed as there were "new revelations".

Urging the judge to look into the higher courts judgements, Singhvi said, "The custody is to extract confession.unless you are a terrorist with a bomb who can not be questioned without being kept in custody, one should go by settled legal provisions".

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to grant Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, interim protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged money laundering case relating to the INX Media group.

The court on Wednesday also deferred its order on the bail plea filed by S Bhaskararaman, who has also been arrested in the case.

Earlier, during arguments that ran for hours between the defence and prosecution, Karti Chidambaram's lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the court that his client 'is not a terrorist that he could not be questioned without taking him in custody.

As per the procedure, an investigating agency can seek a narco analysis test only with the permission of the court. The statement was recorded under section 164 of the CrPC before a magistrate on February 17.