Chidambaram INX Media case LIVE Updates: CBI gets five-day custody of former FM till Aug 26

Pritam Pal Singh
Congress party P Chidambaram leaves the CBI headquarters to be produced before a court in New Delhi (AP Photo/Dinesh Joshi)

Chidambaram arrested Live News Updates: A Delhi Special Court remanded former Union Minister P Chidambaram to CBI custody till August 26 in connection with its probe into alleged charges of corruption in the INX Media case. Chidambaram was arrested late Wednesday night for his alleged role in the case.

Earlier today, Chidambaram was produced before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar where his advocates opposed the CBI plea on the ground that all the other accused, including his son Karti, have already been granted bail in the case. Opposing the plea, Kapil Sibal argued the "the custody of a person cannot be merely to carry out searches at the accused premises," adding that the grant of bail is a rule and the issue before the court is of "personal liberty".

Appearing for the CBI, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said "there is a reasonable ground for Chidambaram’s custody as he was evasive in his replies and chose to remain silent during the interrogation by the agency." "This is a serious case, involving intelligent people like him (Chidambaram)," he said adding that if the custody is not given, the prosecuting agency will fail in its duty to reach at the root of the conspiracy.

Pritam Pal Singh reporting from the courtroom