Ex-Finance Minister P Chidambaram has been formally arrested by CBI in the INX Media case and will be produced before CBI court today. This comes after CBI took him in custody from his residence in Delhi’s Jor Bagh. Chidambaram, who was missing for 24 hours, addressed media earlier yesterday, saying he’s not accused of any offence in the case.
After his arrest, doctors from the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital conducted medical examination on him at the CBI headquarters and he will be produced before the CBI court today.
After the arrest of Chidambaram, his application of anticipatory bail filed in the Supreme Court has become infructuous and now his lawyers would have to move a regular bail application before a trial court at Rouse Avenue, Delhi.
Chidambaram’s wife Nalini has also been charge-sheeted by the CBI in the Saradha chit-fund scam for allegedly accepting a bribe to the tune of Rs 1.4 crore. She was granted interim protection from arrest by the Calcutta High Court in January this year.
On Chidambaram’s arrest, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that democracy stands dead in hands of BJP. “The shameless witch-hunt & unheard of abuse of CBI/ED by Modi Govt 2.0 is playing on every TV screen in India. It’s a sham and shame that democracy stands dead in the hands of the BJP,” he wrote.
The CBI was looking for 73-year old Chidambaram since Tuesday after his anticipatory bail application was rejected by the Delhi High Court.
On July 4, a Delhi court had allowed Indrani Mukerjea, the former head of the INX Media, to turn an approver in the CBI case. The agency said that it has come across evidence in the form of conversations, which only Mukerjea is privy to and will help them in consolidating the case.
Chidambaram’s son Karti has also been named in the two cases and was arrested on February 28, 2018, by the CBI and was later released on bail. The ED had also attached properties belonging to him.
Amid the dramatic arrest of his father from his South Delhi house, Karti Chidambaram told media persons in Chennai that his father was apprehended in a politically motivated “witch-hunt” at the behest of the ruling BJP.