The CBI has challenged a trial court’s order directing the agency to allow inspection of documents kept in the ‘malkhana’ (room where case properties are kept) by the accused and their counsel.
The plea is listed for hearing before Justice Mukta Gupta.
The high court had on May 18 stayed trial proceedings in the case involving Chidambaram and his son Karti.
The CBI has sought to set aside the special judge’s March 5, 2021 order to the extent that it directed the CBI to allow inspection of documents kept in malkhana by the respondents/accused/ their counsel.
Besides, the CBI has also sought to set aside the observations in the order which says that the agency is required to file or produce before the court all the documents collected by it during the investigation.
The trial court had also said that the accused are also entitled to copies of such documents or inspections thereof, irrespective of the fact whether they are being relied upon by the CBI or not.
The CBI had registered its case on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance granted to INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister.
Thereafter, the ED had lodged the money laundering case.
The CBI had said this case involved a high level of corruption with wide ramifications on society and while the accused have a right to a fair trial, the collective interest of the society cannot be impinged.
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