New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday rejected the regular bail petition of Congress leader P Chidambaram in the CBI case, stated news agency ANI. He is currently lodged in Tihar jail under CBI judicial custody for alleged corruption in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance given to INX Media in 2007.
Earlier on September 23, the former Union Minister defended himself in the Delhi High Court by claiming that he never used the office of the finance minister for personal gain. In a rejoinder to the CBI’s reply on his bail plea, the P Chidambaram had said a lookout circular has already been issued against him. Further, Chidambaram called it preposterous to consider him a flight risk and one who could evade the process of law. Opposing Chidambaram’s bail plea in the corruption case, the CBI blamed him for the magnitude of financial embezzlement caused in a ‘gravest case of economic offences’ and for misusing the high public office.
On the same day (September 23), Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi and Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited P Chidambaram in Tihar Jail. Reports stated that the meeting lasted for the full allotted time of around half-an-hour. Thereafter, the Congress leader appreciated Sonia and Singh’s gesture in his official Twitter account. “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”, stated Chidamabaram’s family on the micro-blogging site on his behalf.
About INX Media Case:
On August 21, the CBI arrested P Chidambaram from his Jor Bagh residence in the INX media case and, after a dramatic turn of events, was sent to 14-day judicial custody till October 3. The INX Media case pertains to the 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. An FIR was filed by the investigating agency on May 15, 2017.