Delhi HC judge recuses herself from hearing Karti's bail plea
New Delhi, March 13 (PTI): Justice Indermeet Kaur of the Delhi High Court on Tuesday recused herself from hearing the bail plea of Karti Chidambaram, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the INX Media corruption case.
Justice Kaur, who did not give any reason for her recusal, said she would refer the matter to the acting Chief Justice for assigning the bail plea to another bench for Tuesday itself.
On Monday, the bail plea was mentioned before a bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar and was listed for hearing on Tuesday.
Karti's parents P. Chidambaram and Nalini Chidambaram, both senior advocates, were present in the courtroom.
Karti had moved the high court seeking bail, hours after a court here sent him to judicial custody till March 24.
A special court had on Monday sent Karti to judicial custody and dismissed his plea that he be put in a separate cell in Tihar Jail in view of a threat perception.
The court had also dismissed his appeal for an urgent hearing on his bail plea and the threat perception due to the fact that his father, as a union minister in the previous United Progressive Alliance government, had handled several sensitive issues.
The court had sent him to Tihar Jail after the CBI, in whose custody he was quizzed for 12 days in a row after his arrest on February 28 from Chennai, said he was no longer required for further custodial interrogation.
The court said his bail plea would be heard on March 15 as scheduled.