The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Congress lawmaker Karti Chidambaram, who is undergoing criminal cases that are being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI, to travel abroad.
The Supreme court said the amount be deposited in a nationalized bank and allowed Chidambaram to travel for six months. Earlier, it had allowed him to travel to the UK, the US, France, Germany and Spain.
A bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked Chidambaram to deposit Rs 2 crore with the registry and submit details on the places to be visited and the place where he would stay. Reacting to the application, Additional Solicitor General S V Raju said earlier Chidambaram was earlier permitted to travel abroad, but with a deposit of Rs 10 crore.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was appearing for Chidambaram, said the condition was not justified for a member of Parliament and he would not run away anywhere.
The Congress leader is facing several criminal cases related to the Aircel-Maxis deal and the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to the INX Media for receiving foreign funds of Rs 305 crore when his father, P Chidambaram, was the Union finance minister. The cases are being probed by the ED and the CBI.
The Enforcement Directorate had earlier claimed that Karti Chidambaram had been trying to protract the investigation by ''blatantly misusing'' the liberty granted by the court in allowing him to travel abroad.