To Karti Chidambaram’s Request, Top Court Says “People Come And Go Abroad”

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New Delhi:

The Supreme Court has refused to hear Karti Chidambaram's request to travel aboard saying, "it isn't a matter that needs to be taken up tomorrow."

Karti Chidambaram's lawyer had asked for an urgent hearing saying that his client planned to travel to Italy Austria and the UK from November 3 and needed the court's permission.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected most pleas seeking urgent hearings on Friday saying, "All judges have more work than they can handle."

Mr Chidambaram has to take the top court's permission every time he travels abroad.

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"People come and go abroad. What's our concern," said Chief Justice Gogoi added.

Karti Chidambaram, being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI in several cases, including the one relating to FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore when his father was the finance minister, was allowed to go abroad in the past.

Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate had told the court that Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, had been "blatantly misusing" the liberty granted to him by the court to travel abroad, using it to protract investigations.

In the Aircel-Maxis case, a Delhi court today extended protection from arrest to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son till November 26.

The former Finance Minister has been named as "Accused no 1" for money-laundering in the Aircel-Maxis case involving foreign investment approvals that were allegedly illegal. He and his son Karti Chidambaram, and also his accountant, are among nine accused in a chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate.

Mr Chidambaram, 73, is accused of misusing his office as the finance minister in former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government to clear foreign investment deals in exchange for which his son, Karti Chidambaram, was given kickbacks.

Additional Solicitor General Tusshar Mehta, appearing for the CBI and ED, told the court that the senior Congress leader "wasn't cooperating".

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