In a setback to Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court today refused to allow him the permit to go abroad. As per the lookout notice issued by the CBI, Karti cannot travel abroad till October 9. The court will hear the matter again on October 9, post which, it would take a decision whether or not to allow Karti to travel abroad. The court responded today after the CBI challenged the Madras High Court order that had cancelled the lookout notice against Karti. Karti had also approached the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of the summons issued by CBI, wherein he was supposed to be questioned by CBI in relation to the Aircel-Maxis scam probe.
The CBI told the court today that Karti had tampered with evidence during his visits abroad in May, June and July. CBI said that if Karti was allowed to go abroad, he might again tamper with evidence. Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, who spoke on behalf of CBI, said that the lookout notice serves two purposes; first, it ensures that Karti does not abscond and second, that he is not able to tamper with the evidence. Mehta said that he has proof that Karti had tampered with evidence during his earlier visits abroad. “These are not statements under section 161 of CrPC, which can be obtained by pressuring somebody. These are contemporaneous official records,” Mr. Mehta said.