Hours after P. Chidambaram was denied bail by the Delhi High Court in the INX Media Case, a battery of Congress senior leaders and lawyers including- Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Salman Khurshid, and Kapil Sibal were confronted outside the Supreme Court.
Republic TV's Rhythm A Bhardwaj confronted the senior Congress lawyers over the subsequent actions that would be taken after the High Court denied bail to the former Union Minister.
In an unprecedented move, four Congress senior legal leaders who were in consultant with P. Chidambaram visited the Supreme Court and elaborating on the same, Congress' Kapil Sibal told Republic TV that they requested the Chief Justice to put a stay on the order.
Kapil Sibal said, "The order is passed at 3:20 PM, we don't have the copy of the order. We requested the Judge that for the last 7 months the Judge has not passed the order. We went to the Court and requested him to grant a stay (on the order) because he had been protected for 15 months."
"He (Judge) said that 'he would consider it' and went to the chambers and at 4 PM he rejected stay. Now, we have come to the Court, we requested the Chief Justice, he said now you please move the senior-most Judge tomorrow morning," he added.
Meanwhile, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Salman Khurshid maintained their mum over the issue.
In the INX Media case, the CBI had registered a First Information Report or FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs. 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister. Thereafter, the ED had in 2018 lodged the money laundering case in this regard.
Both the probe agencies had contended that during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister, FIPB clearance was granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs. 305 crore in 2007.
The high court had on July 25, 2018, granted interim protection from arrest to P Chidambaram in both the cases and it was extended from time to time.
The senior Congress leader's role had come under the scanner of various investigating agencies in the Rs. 3,500-crore Aircel-Maxis deal and the INX Media case involving Rs. 305 crore.