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Karti Chidambaram today approached the Supreme Court seeking a refund order for the money he deposited earlier as a surety before travelling abroad.
He is currently being probed by the central investigation agencies in relation to the INX media case and the AircelMaxis case. He approached the Supreme Court today seeking a refund order for the ₹10 crore he deposited ahead of his trip in February and March.
On two occasions earlier, Karti Chidambaram had sought permission from the Supreme Court to travel abroad. He was directed by the Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to deposit a security deposit of ₹10 crore on both those occasions.
The first order in this regard came in January, when Karti sought permission to travel abroad in the months of February and March. A second similar order was passed in April end, when Karti sought the Court’s nod for travelling overseas in May and June.
Counsel representing Karti told the Vacation Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna that hei had deposited the required sum of money in conformity with the Court’s order and has returned to India on the assured dates. Upon his return, he has sought a refund of the security deposit, for which a court order is required.
An oral mentioning for the same was made today. Justice Khanna inquired what the urgency in the matter was.
The Court was then told that Karti had taken a loan to make the necessary security deposit before the Court and is now required to pay interest on the same. On this account, the matter becomes one of an urgent nature.
The Court, however, declined to entertain the matter and directed the Counsel to mention it later, before the Bench of CJI Gogoi.
Part of his tough stance on hearing mentioning of matters, CJI Gogoi had earlier refused to hear urgently a prayer by Karti Chidambaram to list a plea seeking permission to travel abroad.
When the matter was mentioned, Gogoi J immediately responded,
“Karti Chidambaram going abroad is not a matter to be heard tomorrow. Sorry.“