New Delhi: Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who was earlier in the day, granted bail in the INX Media case by Supreme Court, on Wednesday evening walked out of the Tihar Jail almost after 106 days.
“I won’t be able to comment anything on the case as I am going to obey the Supreme Court order. But the fact is not a single charge was framed against me even in 106 days,” Chidambaram said.
A number of Congress workers had gathered outside Tihar Jail and greeted the former Union minister after he stepped out of the prison.
Reacting to his getting bail by the Supreme Court, his son Karti Chidambaram wrote on Twitter, “Phew. At last after 106 days.” Earlier in the day, he had visited Kapil Sibal’s residence and from there they left for the Supreme Court.
A little while ago, Karti welcomed the Supreme Court’s order for granting his father bail and said that he is happy as his father will finally come home.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Lok Sabha member from Sivaganga Karti Chidambaram said, “I am glad my father is finally coming home. Supreme Court has given relief after the unwarranted 106 days of jail. The plan is to call on Congress President Sonia Gandhi after my father comes out of the jail.”
Keeping aside the Delhi High Court’s order, the Supreme Court in a major relief granted bail to Chidambaram on Wednesday.
Giving him bail, the top court asked him not to temper with the evidence and not to influence the witnesses. The court also barred Congress from giving press interviews or making public statements in connection with this case.
Asking him furnish a bail bond of Rs 2 lakh plus two sureties of the same amount, the apex court said Chidambaram would not leave the country without prior permission of the court.
The former finance minister was on August 21 arrested from his residence by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials in connection with a probe into granting of the Foreign Exchange Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to the INX Media when he was Finance Minister.