INX Media Case Live Updates: Ahead of Chidambaram's bail plea hearing, wife Nalini, son Karti in SC
Former Union minister P Chidambaram's ordeal has been prolonged as a special court on Thursday sent him to a five-day CBI custody in connection with INX Media money laundering case. He will remain in the CBI custody till August 26.
Chidambaram's legal team is now planning to fight another legal battle on Friday to get protection against arrest in ED cases.
The Supreme Court bench of Justice R Banumathi and Justice AS Bopanna will hear Chidambaram's plea filed against the Delhi High Court's order rejecting his anticipatory bail plea in CBI and ED cases.
This is the case related to INX Media, in which matter is listed for hearing on August 27. Anticipatory bail plea was listed in CBI case on Friday but matter turned infructuous as CBI arrested him on Wednesday night from his residence.
Here are the Live Updates:
11:20 am: If P Chidambaram does not get relief from the Supreme or the anticipatory bail petition is rejected, he will file a regular bail petition in the ED case, sources said.
11:02 am: Nalini Chidambaram inside SC, Karti also in court
P Chidambaram's wife Nalini is present inside the Supreme Court. She is sitting outside court 7 where matter is to be heard. Karti Chidambaram is also present in the court.
10:06 am: Karti Chidambaram leaves from his house
9:49 am: P Chidambaram was questioned briefly last night after being brought back to CBI headquarters
P Chidambaram was questioned briefly last night after he was brought in to the CBI headquarter from the court. The questioning was specifically in connection to FIPB approvals and the FDI.
9:48 am: Will be going to court for P Chidambaram, says son Karti
9:11 am: Economy in ICU, govt targetting those defending civil liberties, says Kapil Sibal
Targetting the Centre over slowdown in the country's economy and the arrest of former Union minister P Chidambaram, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday said while the economy is in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the government has issued a "look out notice" for all those defending civil liberties.
Taking to Twitter, the former Law Minister said the developments in the last few weeks have shown that both the economy and the cause of liberty need a "stimulus package".
"The economy is in ICU and government has issued a "look out notice" for all those defending civil liberties," he tweeted.
The events of the last few weeks have shown that both , the economy and the cause of liberty , need a stimulus package . The economy is in ICU and government has issued a look out notice for all those defending civil liberties .Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) August 23, 2019
This comes a day after Sibal had expressed his discontent over Chidambaram's arrest and termed it "drama" and "political persecution".
On August 21, the Delhi High Court dismissed Chidambaram's plea for bail. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) had issued a look-out notice against him on Wednesday in the INX media case. A special anti-corruption court on Thursday sent the Congress leader to CBI custody till August 26.
9:10 am: Justice Sunil Gaur, who denied bail to Chidambaram, retires
Justice Sunil Gaur who passed the order denying anticipatory bail to former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and businessman Ratul Puri, retired on Thursday.
A full court reference was addressed to Justice Gaur who also handled the trial in sensational Shivani Bhatnagar murder case.
9:06: am: Chidambaram to sleep on 'takht' in Tihar once CBI custody ends
Former Finance and Home Minister P Chidambaram would be spending his next four nights in the plush CBI headquarters on Lodhi Road during the police remand, but his stay in his expected judicial custody would be rather harsh. Tentative arrangements are being chalked out at Tihar jail, once the CBI custody of the high-profile prisoner ends.
Highly placed sources in the Tihar jail said that Chidambaram, in all probability, is expected to be sent to jail once his CBI remand is done.
"We are not concerned with the period of CBI or ED custody. We are making preparations for his judicial custody, as he is expected to be lodged in Tihar, as per the jurisdiction," said a senior official of the Tihar jail, considered the biggest prison complex in Asia.
Sources said as of now, Chidambaram, if not granted bail in coming weeks, would be lodged in Jail No 7 meant for economic offenders.
8:47 am: Congress should not worry if Chidambaram is innocent, says Pralhad Joshi
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday said the Congress should not worry about the arrest of P Chidambaram if he had committed no wrong and asserted that the law will take its own course.
The CBI on Wednesday night arrested Chidambaram, senior Congress leader and former Union finance minister, in connection with alleged corruption in granting foreign investment clearances to INX Media during his tenure.
Top Congress leaders defended Chidambaram and accused the Union government of political vendetta.
8:45 am: No political vendetta in action against Chidambaram, says Chouhan
BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said there was no political vendetta behind the action against former Union minister P Chidambaram, who has been arrested in connection with the INX Media alleged corruption case in New Delhi.
The Congress has come down heavily on the BJP government over the arrest of Chidambaram, accusing it of using the CBI and the ED as "personal revenge-seeking departments". The former Union minister was on Thursday sent to four-day CBI custody by a Delhi court, which said his custodial interrogation was justified in the case.
"Law takes in own course. Chidambaram went to the court, but did not get relief. The Congress's act of blaming the central government is not proper as it is working without any vendetta," Chouhan told reporters.
"If someone has indulged in any wrongdoing, it should be probed. It hardly matters whether the wrongdoer is big or small," the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said while refuting the Congress's charge that Chidambaram was a victim of political vendetta.
8:44 am: Chidambaram makes submissions after his request allowed by court
A request that former Union minister P Chidambaram, arrested in the INX media case, be allowed to make a brief submission was granted by a Delhi court, despite strong objection from the CBI.
Soon after arguments on custodial interrogation got over, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who was appearing for Chidambaram, sought permission from special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar that his client be allowed to speak as he wants to throw some light on the questions being asked by the CBI during interrogation.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the CBI, vehemently opposed the request saying the former finance minister has a team of legal stalwarts like senior advocate Kapil Sibal and Singhvi, who have already presented their arguments, and Chidambaram doesn't need a "crutch" to argue his case.
"Generally, only one lawyer is allowed to argue. But two able lawyers have already made the submissions (on Chidambaram's behalf). If we allow him, then we should not oppose any accused to make submissions in person across the country. This will set a very wrong precedent. If he himself wants to make submissions then he should not be represented by any counsel," Mehta said.
Singhvi said there are Supreme Court judgments which say that an accused can make submissions.
8:38 am: Uncaged parrot is not supposed to become vulture, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi
Referring to Supreme Court's 2013 remark likening the CBI to a 'caged parrot', former finance minister P Chidambaram's lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said an uncaged parrot should not turn into a vulture and prey on innocent people.
His comments came after a CBI court gave the CBI five-day custody of P Chidambaram, who was arrested by the investigative agency on Wednesday night in the INX Media case.
8:36 am: P Chidambaram's change of fortune
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a petition on Friday, August 23, filed by Chidambaram's battery of lawyers before his dramatic arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday night. How credible are the charges against Chidambaram in the INX Media case?
8:31 am: Chidambaram's plea to be heard by SC bench headed by Justice R Banumathi
Chidambaram, who was arrested by the CBI on Wednesday in the case, has approached the apex court against the high court's August 20 verdict.
His plea would come up for hearing before a bench comprising Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna.
8:27 am: No relief for Chidambaram in CBI court
A special court on Thursday sent P Chidambaram to a five-day CBI custody in connection with INX Media money laundering case. He will remain in the CBI custody till August 26. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Chidambaram's plea challenging the Delhi High Court verdict dismissing his anticipatory bail plea.