SC allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad with conditions, directs him to deposit Rs 10 crore

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed former defence minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad after depositing Rs 10 crore with its registry.

“You can go wherever you want to, you can do whatever you want, but don’t play around the law. If there is an iota of non-cooperation, will come down heavily,” CJI Ranjan Gogoi told Karti Chidambaram.

The apex court asked Karti to appear before the Enforcement Directorate on March 5, 6, 7 and 12 for questioning in connection with his role in the Aircel-Maxis deal and the INX Media case.

The bench said, “Please tell your client that he will have to cooperate. You have not cooperated. We wanted to say a lot of things. We are not saying them right now.”

The bench also asked him to file an undertaking that he would return and cooperate with the investigation.

Karti has been facing criminal cases being investigated by the ED and the CBI, including the one relating to Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign funds when his father was the finance minister.