New Delhi: A special court in Delhi on Wednesday directed the Tihar Jail authorities to produce Congress leader P Chidambaram before it on October 17 at 3 PM in connection with the INX media case, stated news agency ANI. Besides, the court also issued a production warrant for Congress leader’s presence in the court tomorrow.
Earlier on Wednesday, the officials of the Enforcement Directorate arrested Congress leader P Chidambaram following an interrogation with him at Tihar jail in New Delhi in connection with the money laundering case. The ED also informed the sane to Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court and told the Court that a statement of P Chidambaram was recorded during the interrogation today.
Meanwhile, Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram and the Congress leader’s wife Nalini Chidambaram had also reached the Tihar jail on Wednesday. After meeting his father at Tihar Jail, Karti Chidambaram as quoted by news agency ANI said, “I came to meet my father. He is in good spirits. Whatever these procedural games are being played are for political theatrics. This is a bogus investigation.”
ED had moved two applications in the INX media case seeking to formally arrest P Chidambaram and seek his custody. As per reports, the special court has granted ED the permission to question Chidambaram at the court premises for half an hour and then move an application for custody. The court also informed the ED to send the Congress leader to Tihar jail and later arrest him from there.
The court had suggested these options after the investigating agency sought an immediate arrest of the Congress leader. When the ED asked permission to interrogate Chidambaram at the Rouse Avenue court premises and the arrest him, the judge intervened and said that the “dignity of the person should be considered”, stated a report.
Earlier on Tuesday, a special court had allowed three ED officials to interrogate the Congress leader in the money laundering case. While on Monday, a special court had reserved its order on the ED’s plea to arrest Chidambaram and interrogate him in the Tihar jail. Speaking on behalf of the ED at the special court, Tushar Mehta as quoted by news agency ANI had said, “This is pertaining to the offence under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). There is already a finding that the custodial interrogation is necessary.”
Opposing ED’s plea, Chidambaram’s lawyer Kapil Sibal as quoted by news agency ANI said, “My request is that if the order is adverse, then please accept my conditions which I moved in the CBI for the western toilet and home food.”
During the previous hearing, the Solicitor General had mentioned about the necessity to interrogate the Congress leader to gain information related to the shell company abroad and Chidambaram’s 17 bank accounts.
Besides an ED probe, P Chidambaram is also under the CBI scanner in the INM media-related corruption case. The Congress leader’s CBI remand will end on October 17. The case is pertaining to an FIR registered by the CBI over the alleged irregularities in granting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media by the then Union Minister Chidambaram in 2007. The corruption recorded in the case was to the tune of Rs 305 crores, stated a report. The 74-year-old has been imprisoned in Tihar jail since September 5 in connection with the case.