New Delhi: Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi and Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh visited Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Tihar Jail on Monday. This is for the first time that Sonia and Singh visited the jail premises to meet any party leader lodged there. As per the reports, the meeting lasted for the full allotted time of around half-an-hour
Taking to micro-blogging site, the Congress leader appreciated Sonia and Singh’s gesture and stated that he was honoured that the two leaders visited him. “I am honoured that Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh called on me today. As long as the Congress party is strong and brave, I will also be strong and brave”, Chidamabaram’s family said on the micro-blogging site on his behalf.
Chidambaram has been lodged in Jail No. 7 of the Tihar jail, which is meant for economic offenders. The veteran Congress leader is facing probe by both CBI and ED pertaining to alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance given to INX Media in 2007. A Delhi court had last week extended the judicial custody of Chidambaram till October 3 in connection with the INX Media case.
Karti Chidambaram, the former Finance Minister’s son also expressed his gratitude to the two Congress leaders for meeting his father. “My father and I are extremely grateful to Congress president Sonia Gandhiji and former prime minister Manmohan Singhji for visiting us today. This will give us the strength and support in this political fight,” he told PTI after the meeting.
Last week, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel met Chidambaram in Tihar jail. The discussion between P Chidambaram and the party leaders went on for around half an hourand they discussed a variety of issues including the current political scenario in general and in Kashmir, about the upcoming elections and country’s economic situation.
Chidambaram, who was arrested by the CBI on August 21 after a dramatic turn of events, was, on September 5, sent to 14-day judicial in connection with the case. The INX Media case pertains to allegations of irregularities in foreign exchange clearances given to the INX Media group or receiving overseas investments in 2007 when Chidambaram was the Finance Minister. The CBI had filed an FIR in the case on May 15, 2017.