New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram was sent to Tihar jail on Thursday after the special court gave the order for his judicial custody till September 19 in INX Media case which was being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Chidambaram filed an application before the Rouse Avenue Court seeking direction to ensure safe detention with some other facilities while in judicial custody.

Senior Congress leader and Chidambaram’s lawyer Kapil Sibal requested the court to grant special facilities including adequate security for the former minister stating that he has Z-level security.

Karti Chidambaram said that he doesn’t see any merit in the judicial custody of his father, particularly for the events that happened 11 years ago.

“They (CBI) are still nowhere close even of filing a charge sheet. I hope that I will have my father back home very quickly,” said Karti.

Here’s all you need to know to about Chidambaram’s custody:

  • A separate cell and a western toilet will be provided to Chidambaram as specified by the court.
  • He will also have access to the prison’s library and can watch television for a specified period like other inmates.
  • Chidambaram was lodged in Jail No. 7 where his son Karti was also lodged for 12 days in the same case last year.
  • He will be lodged in the cell from 9 pm to 6 am and breakfast will be served between 7 am and 8 am.
  • He can either drink water from a Reverse Osmosis plant or purchase a packaged bottle from the canteen.
  • Jail authorities tried to hide his face with a document while the police van ferrying Chidambaram was being tailed by the media.
  • Earlier, the Supreme Court had rejected his bail plea against the Delhi High Court’s verdict to deny him anticipatory bail in the INX Media case lodged by the ED.
  • The court said that the investigating agency has to be given sufficient freedom to conduct a probe into the case.
  • Following the court’s dismissal, Chidambaram withdrew his appeal challenging trial court’s order of sending him to CBI custody.
  • The court has issued a notice to the ED and sought a reply on the application filed by Chidambaram stating that he wants to surrender in the case probed by Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The court, in an observation, said that it’s not a case where the accused can be ‘released’ at the stage of considering the extension of his remand as submitted by the counsel for accused.

“The investigation of the case is still in progress. The CBI has apprehension that because of his status and position the investigation may be hampered,” the court observed.