After 27 hours of being untraceable, 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 then 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 corruption cases.
The members of the Congress condemned the actions of the CBI and ED and accused the Central government of violently suppressing the senior Congress leader. Karnataka Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao hit out at the BJP and accused the party of suppressing the voices of many. The Congress leader was of the opinion that democracy was being crushed in the country. Read his tweet here:
Since the win in Lok Sabha election, the fascist face of the BJP is on full display.— Dinesh Gundu Rao / ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ (@dineshgrao) August 21, 2019
Any voices against them..Media, Poltical Parties, NGO’s or individuals, are being brutally suppressed.
We are witnessing the throttling of democracy.
Welcome to the #NewIndia#PChidamabaram https://t.co/VxjQOirKD9
Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha attempted to explain Chidambaram's arrest via a metaphor. He said that the people of India had voted for such a government and asked the people to enjoy. Read his tweet here:
So dead parrot tries to climb a wall. It might look ridiculous, but it is a sinister chilling reality of a police state. It could be anyone next.— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) August 21, 2019
India voted for this. Enjoy!
Congress leader Anand Sharma called Chidambaram a 'law-abiding citizen' and said that the press should be reminded of the fundamental right to liberty. Read the tweet here:
we had said so yesterday that @PChidambaram_IN is a respectable law abiding citizen. He has vindicated that. Media must be reminded that right to liberty is a fundamental right . It has to be defended.— Anand Sharma (@AnandSharmaINC) August 21, 2019
Trial by sections of media and PC's vilification was unwarranted and undermines its credibility.— Anand Sharma (@AnandSharmaINC) August 21, 2019
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the manner in which the Central agencies target P Chidambaram was unjustified and said that actions as such on a 'respectable' and 'responsible' leader were not right. Read his tweet here;
It is totally unjustified the way Central investigating agencies are targeting and harassing former Cabinet minister Sh P.Chidambaram. He is a responsible and respected leader and look out notice against him is totally uncalled for.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 21, 2019
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi accused the Central government along with agencies such as the CBI and ED in addition to certain sections of the media to have defamed and assassinated the character of Chidambaram. Read his tweet here:
Modi's Govt is using the ED, CBI & sections of a spineless media to character assassinate Mr Chidambaram.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 21, 2019
I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power.
East Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that Chidambaram had been hunted down 'shamefully' and affirmed that the Congress party will stand by Chidambaram no matter how grave the consequences were. Read her tweet here:
An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha, @PChidambaram_IN ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as Finance Minister & Home Minister. He unhesitatingly speaks truth to power and exposes the failures of this government,— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 21, 2019
but the truth is inconvenient to cowards so he is being shamefully hunted down. We stand by him and will continue to fight for the truth no matter what the consequences are.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 21, 2019
Earlier on Wednesday, the Supreme Court registrar said that the hearing in the INX Media case will take place on Friday. P Chidambaram's counsel on Wednesday appealed to the apex court for interim relief from the arrest of the Congress leader after Delhi High Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media case. Even after Chidambaram's counsel urged the Chief Justice of India for the urgent hearing of the case, the CJI referred the case to the registrar who then said that the hearing will be on Friday.