In a setback to Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram of Congress, the Madras High Court has refused to provide him any relief in the INX Media case. It may be recalled that Karti has sought relief from the Madras Court, requesting the quashing of the FIR that CBI had filed against him and the summons issued against him. However, the Madras High Court today refused to provide any relief to Karti Chidambaram. The court asked Karti to approach the Delhi High Court that has superintendence powers in the matter. Justice P Velmurugan of the Madras High Court directed the court registry to return all documents submitted by Karti, so that he can take the matter to the Delhi High Court.
Earlier, on August 16, the court had reserved its verdict in the matter. Today, it made it clear that Karti would not get any relief from the Madras High Court since its decision can come in conflict with Delhi High Court. Before the judge announced his decision, all media people were asked to leave the courtroom to avoid unnecessary chaos and commotion. To avoid any conflict with other courts, the Madras High Court applied the ‘doctrine of forum of convenience’, which enables parties to approach a convenient court. The INX case involves allegations about illegal foreign investment clearances provided by Karti Chidambaram, by misusing his father’s position as the Union finance minister.