Chennai: The Madras high court on Friday green signalled the overseas travel plans of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, despite strong objections from the CBI in view of pending lookout circulars. However, the relief is not without conditions. Karti has been directed to inform his entire travel plans, including the places of visit, to the CBI in advance. He must also return to India by February 28.
The first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose passed the interim order on a plea moved by Karti assailing the validity of lookout circulars issued against him and seeking permission to travel abroad.
Karti was restrained to leave India by the CBI, which issued a lookout circulars against him in connection with an FIR registered by the agency, in the alleged irregular approval of Rs 305 crore foreign investment in INX Media in 2007, allegedly at the behest of Karti when his father was the Union finance minister.