New Delhi: Former Home and Finance minister P Chidambaram has been detained over the graft charges related to INX media. The detention of Chidambaram, who was taken to the CBI headquarters, comes almost 48 hours after the notice was served to him and the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the matter of his anticipatory bail today.
The apex court will hear his petition on Friday.
His detention came after a CBI team managed to get inside his Jor Bagh residence after ‘scaling’ its walls. The development came soon after the senior Congress leader addressed a press conference at the Congress headquarters on Wednesday evening. In it, the Congress Rajya Sabha MP denied that he was ‘absconding’. Instead, he said, that he and his lawyer friends worked through the night to the papers, a task which they could complete only this morning.
He concluded by saying that he hopes that while he respects the law, he hopes that investigating agencies, too, will respect the law.
Earlier in the day, Chidambaram’s counsel of lawyers filed a special leave petition in the cour, that sought interim relief against Delhi High Court’s order of cancelling anticipatory bail plea and an urgent hearing on the matter.
After a brief hearing, the three-judge Supreme Court bench refused to consider an urgent hearing and placed it before the Chief Justice of India.
However, soon after the petition was found to not have been filed in a proper manner due to which it was stalled and put in the defect list.
Chidambaram’s lawyers then duly filed it in an error-free manner but the bench then refused to intervene till the new petition got listed.
INX MEDIA CASE
The CBI is investigating Chidambaram in the INX Media case, which it had registered on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during his tenure as Finance Minister.