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Chidambaram Claims Innocence, Attacks Agencies Despite Kingpin Label

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:

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  • After 27 hours of being untracable, Congress leader P Chidambaram arrived at the AICC head office for a press briefing
  • He said that he will respect the law even if it is applied with an unequal hand by the investigative agencies
  • This despite Delhi High Court clearly saying that he is the 'kingpin' in the INX media case

After 27 hours of being untracable, Congress leader P Chidambaram arrived at the AICC head office for a press briefing, and within minutes returned to his Jor Bagh residence. In unprecedented visuals, the CBI team entered Chidambaram's residence but the doors of Chidambaram's house remained locked. At the time of publishing the his son Karti Chidambaram entered the house from the back entrance and ED team also arrived at the location, as per sources.

In the press briefing, Chidambaram said: "I shall respect the law even if it is applied with an unequal hand by the investigative agency. I can only hope and pray, in the name of freedom, that the agencies will respect the law." He continued the following:

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Delhi High Court called Chidambaram 'kingpin' in INX media case

Chidamabaram claimed innocence even when the High court said rejecting his plea that he is the 'kingpin' in the INX media case. Justice Sunil Gaur, denying relief to Chidambaram, said “facts of the case prima facie reveal that” he is the “kingpin that is the key conspirator in the case”, and he was evasive in replies to probe agencies when he was under protective cover given by the court.

The court further said the "magnitude and enormity" of material produced by the investigating agencies "dis-entitles him from any pre-arrest bail". "This is an economic offence and has to be dealt with iron hands... The hands of investigating agencies cannot be tied up in such a massive economic offence," the court added. The judge also said he petitioner has been "evasive in his replies and has not cooperated with the investigations".

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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 on Tuesday that custodial interogation is necessary as Chidambaram is being evasive. 

INX MEDIA CASE: DEVELOPMENT ON TUESDAY

Late night 'summon' to P Chidambaram

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. 

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Delhi High Court rejects Chidambaram's anticipatory bail plea in INX Media case
 

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.

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