After 27 hours of being untracable when Congress leader P Chidambaram arrived at the AICC head office for a press conference, and within minutes returned to his Jor Bagh residence, the CBI followed him and arrested him on Wednesday. In unprecedented visuals, the CBI team climbed the walls of Chidambaram's residence to enter his place. The CBI officials after almost 30-minutes long drama arrested former finance minister P Chidambaram for custodial interrogation in the money laundering and corruptioncases.
Chidamabarm's plea seeking anticipatory bail in the INX media case was rejected by Supreme Court on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Supreme Court listed the plea of Chidambaram seeking interim relief from arrest on Friday. The CBI and ED issued lookout notice to the leader, and said in the Supreme Court that custodial interogation is necessary as Chidambaram is being evasive.
Earlier in the day, Chidambaram's petition seeking protection from arrest was mentioned before a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi who said the case will be put before CJI Ranjan Gogoi. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI and ED, told the bench that it was a case of money laundering of "monumental magnitude".
As Delhi High Court rejected the bail of Chidambaram on Tuesday in the INX Media case, the CBI on late Tuesday night issued a summon to the senior Congress leader to meet the probe agency within two hours of the issuance of the notice. This development came shortly after a team of CBI arrived at the Delhi residence of Chidambaram as a part of the probe in the INX Media case. The notice was pasted outside the residence of P Chidambaram by the probe agency.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court rejected the bail plea of Chidambaram in the INX media case. He had approached the court with an anticipatory bail plea in the corruption and money laundering case against him. During arguments in the court, both the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had opposed his plea on the ground that his custodial interrogation was required as he was evasive during questioning.