New Delhi: A special court on Thursday sent former Union finance minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody for four days till 26 August in an alleged corruption case involving INX Media.
“Considering all facts and circumstances, I am of the view that police custody is justified,” special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said, remanding Chidambaram in CBI custody.
“The allegations made against the accused are serious in nature and there cannot be any dispute with the fact that a detailed and in-depth investigation is required in the present case. The enormity of money allegedly involved in this case and the persons who are accused necessitate an in-depth investigation,” the order said.
The special CBI court also allowed Chidambaram’s lawyers and his family to meet him for half an hour daily. Chidambaram also needs to be medically examined every 48 hours.
The Delhi high court on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea filed by Chidambaram in the INX Media case.
“This court cannot permit the prosecution in this sensitive case to end up in smoke like it has happened in some other high-profile cases,” the high court said.
The court had also called it a “classic case of money laundering” and declined to provide interim protection from arrest to the Congress leader.
On Tuesday evening, Chidambaram’s legal team filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court, challenging the Delhi high court order. His lawyers termed the high court ruling “manifestly contrary to law and unjust”. The apex court bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana on Wednesday refused to give any order on senior counsel Kapil Sibal’s plea for an early listing of the petition seeking “interim protection” for Chidambaram.
A Delhi court on Wednesday evening passed a non-bailable arrest warrant against Chidambaram in the INX Media case on a plea made by CBI that he was untraceable. The former Union minister was arrested by the CBI from his residence in New Delhi later in the evening.
Team LutyensPost talked to Suresh Sharma, Advocate Supreme Court of India for a quick view on the order by Special CBI court. “It was a justified order and the court would have given the similar order in any such case. People should have faith in the judicial system” said Sharma.