Karthi Chidambaram moves to Madras HC against the lookout notice

Alleging that the foreigner regional registration officer (FRRO) at the Bureau of Immigration in the Union ministry of home affairs has issued a ‘lookout circular’ (LOC) against him arbitrarily and without jurisdiction, Karti Chidambaram — son of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram — has approached the Madras high court seeking to quash the circular.

As the additional solicitor general G Rajagopalan sought time to get instructions whether such a circular has been issued, Justice M Duraiswamy adjourned the plea to August 7 for further hearing.

The LOC dated July 18 has been issued under Section 10B of the Passport Act at the behest of different agencies.

The issue pertains to a FIR filed on May 15 against Karti and INX Media along with eight others for the alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to the media house for foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2007. The probe agency had claimed that the FDI proposal of the media house was “fallacious” but former Union finance minister Chidambaram had cleared it.


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