On August 21Central Bureau of Investigation arrested Chidambaram and sent him to Tihar jail after being questioned by Federal Agency for two weeks. He had been in jail since then.
On a request by the Enforcement Directorate that told the judge that it wanted to arrest and grill him in the INX Media case, a special court in Delhi ordered Thiar jail to produce former finance minister P Chidambaram next week.
On Friday, in court, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended that Chidambaram needs to be taken into custody for his custodial interrogation to get details of shell companies in foreign countries and 17 bank accounts. Further Tushar Mehta, the Centre’s second most-senior law officer, also told the court that even the Supreme Court has observed that custodial interrogation is required in this case.
After the 74-year-old Congress veteran petitioned the Supreme Court to release him on bail in the CBI case the ED request to seek Chidambaram’s custody. The Hon’ble Supreme Court had held one round of hearing before the court’s Dussehra break and has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday.
The ED move might imply that P. Chidambaram would remain in custody, for now, irrespective of how the court rules on his bail application in the case investigated by the CBI.
The anticipatory bail application in the ED case is rejected by the Apex Court on 5th September. When the agency didn’t make a move, Chidambaram’s lawyers at one point even asked the judge for orders for his arrest.
The INX Media case pertains to alleged irregularities in FIPB clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister. Thereafter, the ED lodged a money laundering case in this regard.
Chidambaram along with his son have an arrest shield granted by a trial court in connection with their alleged role in a second case, Aircel Maxis case. This case relates to alleged irregularities in grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board approval in the Rs 3,500-crore Aircel-Maxis deal when Chidambaram was finance minister.
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