PTI, New Delhi: Karti Chidambaram was today sent to judicial custody till March 24 in the INX Media corruption case by a Delhi court which also dismissed his plea to provide him a separate cell in Tihar Jail due to his threat perception.
While rejecting Karti's plea for separate cell and bathroom, Special Judge Sunil Rana said he cannot be treated differently from other accused persons just because of his and his father, former union minister P Chidambaram's social status.
"The apprehension raised by the senior counsel for accused cannot be ignored keeping in view the social status of accused and his family, more specifically, his father who is a former union minister.
"However, only keeping in view the fact of social status of accused and his father, he cannot be treated different from other accused persons and cannot be allowed to be kept in separate prison. However, lock up in-charge and jail superintendent are directed to provide and ensure proper security and safety to accused during judicial custody, as per rules," the court said.
Karti, who was produced on the expiry of his three-day police remand before the court, had sought proper security and separate prison claiming there was threat to his life as his father P Chidambaram, who as a union minister in the previous UPA government had handled several sensitive issues.
The court sent him to Tihar Jail, after the CBI, in whose custody he was quizzed continuously for 12 days since his arrest on February 28 in Chennai, said he was no longer required for further custodial interrogation.
"In view of the fact that no more police custody remand of accused is sought by CBI, accused Karti Chidambaram is remanded to judicial custody. He be produced on March 24," the special judge said.
During the hearing, senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Karti, moved the application seeking adequate security and that he should not be kept with other prisoners, while maintaining that there was a clear threat perception as several terrorists had been prosecuted during P Chidambaram's tenure as the union home minister.
"He is the son of former union home minister. Many terrorists have been prosecuted during his tenure and there is a clear threat perception in the matter to the petitioner (Karti). His father P Chidambaram has dealt with stringent penal laws including TADA, MCOCA, UAPA and NDPS posing a huge security threat to Karti," Krishnan said adding that Karti cannot be exposed to criminals.