The Supreme Court on Thursday extended the interim relief granted by the Delhi High Court to Karti Chidambaram till March 26 from arrest in the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Keeping in view that several high courts have given conflicting views on the interpretation of section 19 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) relates to the ED’s power to arrest an accused. The apex court also transferred to itself the matter pending before the Delhi High Court.
The jury comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said: “we would hear the matter on March 26 and the top court would answer the question regarding the interpretation of section 19 of the PMLA.”
The apex court’s order came hours later, the high court extended Karti’s protection from arrest in the ED case from March 20 to March 22.
Son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram is in jail in connection with the INX Media corruption case lodged by the CBI.