New Delhi: The Top Court (Supreme Court) decline to do interfere with a Delhi High Court order granting bail to son of former union minister P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram for alleged financial irregularities in the INX Media Case. On the case note, the bench has said “ it is not interfering with the bail granted to Karti Chidambaram, but was leaving the question of law, open – on whether he can approach the high court when his application bail was already pending before the trial court”
A bench of Justice AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said: “ When it comes to the question of liberty, the courts do not go into technicality.”
Last year May 15 FIR lodged were Karti Chidambaram was arrested on alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media for receiving funds of about Rs 305 crore from abroad in 2007. When his father P Chidambaram was the finance Minister. Later On march 23, a single judge bench of the high court granted bail to Karti, Who was then arrested by CBI on February 28, saying relief should not be refused unless the crime was of the “highest magnitude” entailing “ severe punishment”.
“ There is already a judgment in which concurrent jurisdiction of high court can be invoked. On June 25 CBI moved the apex court challenging the high court order granting bail to the businessman” said Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Karti Chidambaram. On the other hand, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI said “ this question of law has to be kept open as invoking powers of concurrent jurisdiction of high court may be a case of “forum shopping”