SC Permits International Travel To Karti Chidambaram Amid Ongoing Money Laundering Case

On the 22nd of February, the Supreme Court allowed the Indian National Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad.

The permission was given amid ongoing criminal cases that are being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI.)

A SC bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked Chidambaram to deposit Rs. 2 crores with the registry and submit details on the places to be visited and the place where he would stay.

Opposing the application, Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju said earlier Chidambaram was earlier allowed to travel abroad, but with a deposit of Rs.  10 crore.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was appearing for Chidambaram, said the condition was not justified for a member of Parliament and he would not run away anywhere.

The Apex Court said the amount be deposited in a nationalised bank and allowed Chidambaram to travel for six months. Earlier, it had allowed him to travel to the UK, the US, France, Germany and Spain.

The Congress leader is facing several criminal cases related to the Aircel-Maxis deal and the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to the INX Media for receiving foreign funds of Rs 305 crore when his father, P Chidambaram, was the Union finance minister. The cases are being probed by the ED and the CBI.

The ED earlier claimed that Karti Chidambaram had been trying to protract the investigation by “blatantly misusing” the liberty granted by the court in allowing him to travel abroad.

Stay tuned for further updates.


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