A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Monday sent Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P. Chidambaram, to judicial custody till 24 March in Tihar jail, bringing his detention in connection with the INX Media bribery probe to a total of 25 days since his arrest.
Chidambaram’s plea to be kept in a separate cell with a separate bathroom due to security reasons was rejected by judge Sunil Rana, who said, “Only keeping in mind the social status of the accused and his father, he cannot be kept in a separate prison.”
But Rana directed the lock-up in-charge and jail superintendent of Tihar jail to provide “proper safety and security” to Karti Chidambaram as per the Delhi Prison Rules, stated in the Delhi Jail Manual.
Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Karti Chidambaram, argued for his client to be secured in a single cell to prevent any harm coming to him for being the son of a former home minister who had directed investigations into various cases under stringent laws such as the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.
Arguing that Karti Chidambaram was an “unconvicted criminal prisoner”, a request for home food, books, and toiletries was also made. While the CBI court rejected the books, toiletries and clothes request, it allowed him his spectacles and medicines as per a prescription as well as an examination by the jail doctor.
As carried in LM