A Delhi court Wednesday sent former Finance Minister P Chidambaram to judicial custody till November 13 in connection with the INX Media money laundering case. Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar dismissed the plea of the Enforcement Directorate for one-day custodial interrogation of Chidambaram.
Besides allowing Chidambaram to have home-cooked food, the court directed Tihar authorities to provide him with medicines, western toilet, security and separate cell.
On Monday, Chidambaram was taken to AIIMS after he complained of stomach ache and related issues. He was discharged after treatment. According to sources, he was treated for gastrointestinal-related problems and discharged after doctors conducted a series of tests.
The court had on October 24 sent the 74-year old Congress leader to ED custody till October 30. While seeking extension of custody by a day, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED, told the court that they would like to effectively use the time left with them. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, said the agency did not confront him for 14 days.
The unofficial delegation of 23 European Union MPs Wednesday said Article 370 was India’s internal matter and they were not here to interfere in Indian politics even as their visit came under Opposition criticism.
On Wednesday, Chidambaram also moved the Delhi High court seeking interim relief for six days to enable him to consult and get examined by his regular doctor at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG), Hyderabad.
Chidambaram has claimed that he needs “urgent medical treatment for the acute and persistent abdominal pain being experienced” by him since October 5 due to Crohn’s disease which he was diagnosed with in 2017.
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