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Delhi HC stays INX media case lower court trial involving Chidambaram, others

The CBI has accused Chidambaram of misusing his official position while granting FIPB approval to INX Media and INX News Pvt Ltd in lieu of illegal gratification.

Delhi HC stays INX media case lower court trial-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published May 18, 2021, 12:52 PM IST
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The Delhi High Court has stayed proceedings in the INX Media case before the trial court, which is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The court also issued a notice in the plea and sought a response from all the accused persons in the INX media case. Former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram are accused in the INX media case.

Other accused in the case are Karti's Chartered Accountant S Bhaskararaman, INX Media's Peter Mukherjea, bureaucrats Sindhushree Khullar, Ajeet Kumar Dungdung, Rabindra Prasad, Pradeep Kumar Bagga, Prabodh Saxena, Anup K Pujari, INX Media Private Limited, INX News Private Limited, Chess Management Services Private Limited and Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited.

The notices came during the hearing on CBI's plea seeking setting aside of order passed by the trial court directing the supply of copies of documents collected or statements recorded by the agency.

The CBI has accused Chidambaram of misusing his official position while granting FIPB approval to INX Media and INX News Pvt Ltd in lieu of illegal gratification.

The CBI, in its plea, claimed that there is neither any provision in the Criminal Procedure Code which casts a duty upon the Investigating Agency to forward to court documents on which it does not rely upon. 

The petition also claimed that there is no provision in the Cr.P.C. that empowers the Magistrate to allow the accused to inspect the documents, which are neither filed in court nor relied upon by the prosecution and that too at the pre-trial stage.

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