The Supreme Court on Thursday extended till March 26 the interim relief granted by the Delhi high court to Karti Chidambaram from arrest in the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate.
The apex court also transferred to itself the matter pending before the Delhi high court keeping in view that several high courts in the country have given conflicting views on interpretation of section 19 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act which relates to ED's power to arrest an accused.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would hear the matter on March 26 and the top court would answer the question regarding the interpretation of section 19 of the PMLA.
The apex court's order came hours after the high court extended Chidambaram's protection from arrest in the ED case from March 20 to March 22.
Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, is in jail in connection with the INX Media corruption case lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation.