The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the son of Congress leader P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram, who is facing criminal cases under investigation in the INX Media and Aircel-Maxis cases and being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to travel to the US, Germany, and Spain this month.
A bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the Congress leader to deposit Rs 10 crore security money after his lawyer informed the apex court had in January granted Karti permission to travel abroad after depositing Rs 10 crore with the secretary general of the Supreme Court.
The apex court has asked him to cooperate with the investigation and also asked him to file an undertaking that he would return to the court.
Karti Chidambaram is facing investigation related to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign funds of Rs 305 crore when his father was the finance minister. He is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu on a Congress ticket for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
Tamil Nadu held polling for 18 constituencies in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The remaining four seats will go to polls on May 19 in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The results for the Lok Sabha elections will be announced on May 23.