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Written By Veda Ramaswamy | Mumbai | Published:

Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, has been arrested by the CBI on Wednesday in connection with the INX Media Case.

Follow all the latest news updates here:

06:15 PM: CBI's sensational charge: Karti Chidambaram met a person in a Mumbai hotel on February 17 and asked him to arrange $1 million

05:40 PM: Republic exclusively accesses CBI remand copy. CBI seeks 15-day police custody of Karti Chidambaram

05:31 PM: In court, Karti Chidambaram says, "Ready to surrender passport as long as not arrested."

05:19 PM: In court, Karti Chidambaram says he was "grilled for 22 hours". Abhishek Manu Singhvi calls Karti Chidambaram's arrest 'most bizarre case' of arrest

05:11 PM: CBI wants police remand of Karti Chidambaram. CBI says Karti Chidambaram has given incorrect statements with respect to evidence collected by it. CBI says Karti has been evasive and uncooperative with his responses.

05:05 PM: Nalini Chidambaram, mother of Karti Chidambaram, reaches New Delhi

05:03 PM: Karti Chidambaram stunned in court; from claiming "political vendetta" goes "silent" in court

04:52 PM: Karti Chidambaram inside Patiala House Court 

04:49 PM: Karti Chidambaram's FIRST words to Republic when confronted at Patiala House Court: "It's political vendetta".

04:47 PM: Karti Chidambaram reaches Patiala House Court

04:46 PM: Karti Chidambaram's CA files bail plea in INX Media Case

04:35 PM: Karti Chidambaram evades Republic when confronted enroute Patiala House Court. He fails to answer questions posed to him, and smiles and waves instead. 

04:31 PM: Karti Chidambaram leaves CBI HQ; likely to be produced at Patiala House Court

04:25 PM: Sources tell Republic that CBI recorded statements of bureaucrats. According to sources, FIPB officers named Karti Chidambaram. Five people who named Karti Chidambaram are: Bhaskar Raman, CVN Reddy, R Vishwanathan, Padma Vishwanathan and Indrani Mukerjea

03:42 PM: CBI to present Karti Chidambaram and Indrani Mukerjea's statement

03:40 PM: Sources inform Republic that CBI will seek 15-day custody of Karti Chidambaram

03:33 PM: CBI to seek 15-day remand, as per sources

03:22 PM: Karti Chidambaram's lawyers arrive in Court. Karti's counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi is briefed on his client's defence. 

03:15 PM: Karti Chidambaram's medical examination completed

03:09 PM: Karti Chidambaram reaches CBI Headquarters. He is being questioned by senior CBI officials

02:30 PM: Abhishek Manu Singhvi to represent Karti Chidambaram's case in court

02:09 PM: Security stepped up at CBI headquarters

02:07 PM: Minutes before Karti Chidambaram's appearance, Republic accesses CBI remand details. 

02:05 PM: Security heightened at Patiala House Court where Karti Chidambaram is expected to be produced later

01:57 PM: Republic accesses first exclusive visuals of Karti Chidambaram enroute to CBI HQ

01:49 PM: Karti Chidambaram to be taken to CBI Headquarters first, then Patiala Court

01:48 PM: Karti Chidambaram leaves Delhi airport

01:25 PM: Karti Chidambaram to be taken to CBI HQ from Delhi airport

01:18 PM: Karti Chidambaram's flight lands in Delhi

12:49 PM: BJP's Shaina NC speaks to Republic on Congress' 'political vendetta' claim

"Let Congress realise it is not Congress Bureau of Investigation but Central Bureau of Investigation," she said.

12:43 PM: After son Karti Chidambaram's arrest, Nalini Chidambaram rushes to Delhi. She evades Republic when asked about Karti's arrest.

WATCH | INX Media Case: Nalini Chiidambaram Rushes To Delhi After Karti Chidambaram's Arrest

12:29 PM: Karti Chidambaram to be produced in Special CBI court post lunch

12:22 PM: Expected in remand copy: Details of Karti Chidambaram's meet with other accused; evidence of financial trail, payments to firms linked with Karti Chidambaram

11:51 AM: Rahul Gandhi remains silent, asks Congress leaders to shield Karti Chidambaram.

Congress Spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi tweets in defense of Karti Chidambaram:

11:50 AM: BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy makes sensational new revelations in Karti Chidambaram's arrest

Dr Subramanian Swamy says 24 FIPB clearances were given by P Chidambaram.

"Buck stops at P Chidambaram," he said.

READ FULL STORY: 'P Chidambaram Has Given 24 FIPB Clearances,' Says Dr Subramanian Swamy

11:24 AM: Karti Chidambaram was trying to destroy evidence when he was in UK. 

As per top sources, Karti Chidambaram was trying to destroy evidence while he was in the UK. Agencies learnt of this and hence took the decision to arrest him.

READ FULL STORY HERE: Exclusive Details Of Karti Chidambaram's Arrest By The CBI: Karti Was Destroying Evidence

11:11 AM: Karti Chidambaram refuses to travel economy class; demands to fly only in business class

10:54 AM: Jet Airways flight carrying Karti Chidambaram leaves for Delhi

10:39 AM: Republic accesses the SECOND PICTURE of Karti Chidambaram's arrest. 

Karti Chidambaram can be clearly seen in the second picture of his arrest at Chennai Airport.

10:34 AM: Sources tell Republic TV that Karti Chidambaram will take a flight with five CBI officers to New Delhi from Chennai.

10:29 AM: Republic exclusively accesses FIRST PICTURE from Chennai airport where Karti Chidambaram was arrested.

In the FIRST picture, CBI officials can be seen with Karti Chidambaram moments before his arrest.

10:26 AM: BJP spoksperson Sambit Patra speaks to Republic on Karti Chidambaram's arrest.

"No one is above law," said Sambit Patra.

10:16 AM: Stunning revelation: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's name mentioned in page 3 of FIR

Karti  Chidambaram Arrested: All The Highlights Of The FIR You Need To Know

10:14 AM: P Chidambaram panics after son Karti Chidambaram's arrest in INX Media Case. He will return from London today.

10:11 AM: CBI doesn't rule out questioning P Chidambaram

10:00 AM: First on Republic: Republic TV exclusively accesses CBI FIR copy

Karti Chidambaram, Indrani and Peter Mukerjea named in FIR copy; Firms mentioned in FIR copy are INX Media and Chess Management

READ | CBI FIR Against Karti Chidambaram In INX Media Case

09: 57 AM: Karti Chidambaram will be brought to New Delhi from Chennai on a 10 am flight

READ | Karti Chidambaram's Arrest In INX Media Case: He Will Be Brought To New Delhi

09:55 AM: After the big embarrassment, shocked Congress supports Karti Chidambaram

"Congress will not be deterred by unleashing of vendetta against P Chidambaram and his family, we will continue to bring out the truth," said Congress' Randeep Surjewala.

READ FULL STORY HERE | Congress Terms Karti's Arrest 'Divisionary Tactic' By Prime Minister Narendra Modi-Led Government

09:47 AM: BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy speaks

While speaking exclusively to Republic TV, BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy demanded P Chidambaram's arrest.

"P Chidambaram should also be arrested. He has been lying since beginning. I cannot expect any explanation from him," said Dr Subramanian Swamy.

READ FULL STORY: Karti Chidambaram Arrested: 'P Chidambaram Should Also Be Arrested,' Says Dr Subramanian Swamy

08:59 AM: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's son, Karti Chidambaram, was arrested by the CBI at Chennai airport at 8 AM on Wednesday after arriving from London.

Karti Chidambaram was arrested in connection with the INX Media case for violating the Foreign Exchange Managament Act (FEMA).

Karti Chidambaram has been charged with criminal conspiracy, illegal gratification and money laundering.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) was going to record Karti's statement on March 1 and in all likelihood would have recorded his arrest on that day. Before that, CBI decided to arrest Karti.

This development comes two days after Delhi's Patiala House court on Monday sent S Bhaskaran, Karti Chidambaram's chartered accountant (CA), to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.

The ED had registered a money laundering case against Karti in May 2017.

Karti is facing a probe for his alleged role in facilitating Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for INX Media Ltd and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea - both accused in the murder of Sheena Bora - and others.

Chidambaram is alleged to have received Rs. 3.5 crore from the Mumbai-based INX Media, now 9X Media, for helping it get the FIPB clearance when it was run by the Mukerjeas.

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