In a huge setback, P Chidambaram has been sent to judicial custody in Tihar jail till September 19 in the case being probed by the CBI related to the INX Media case by the Rouse Avenue Court. The former Finance Minister will be lodged in Jail number no. 1, Ward no. 9. Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court had denied him anticipatory bail in the case. Following the Delhi court's order to send the Congress leader to Tihar, he has made several 'VVIP' demands during his custody there.
P Chidambaram moved an application for several amenities in the jail. He has demanded a separate cell with a cot and a bathroom, medicines, western toilet and Z security. The court has allowed the Congress leader's plea for the additional amenities. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that adequate security would be given to the ex-Home Minister.
Karti Chidambaram was sent to Tihar jail in March 2018 in the corruption case regarding INX Media case. Karti had asked for a separate cell and bathroom and security saying that his father was an ex-Union Minister. He had also asked for home-cooked food, medicines, toiletries and spectacles. He was allowed to take his spectacles and medicines by the court.
In a setback to former Union minister P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to grant him pre-arrest bail in the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate. The top court dismissed Chidambaram's plea challenging the Delhi High Court verdict denying him anticipatory bail in the case, saying the economic offence has to be dealt with differently as it affects the economy of the country. A bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna said it is not a fit case to grant anticipatory bail. The grant of anticipatory bail to Chidambaram at this stage will hamper the investigation, it said.
The Congress leader's 15-day CBI custody, ordered by the special court in five spells, which started after his arrest on August 21 night, came to an end on Thursday and he will be produced before the trial court. The investigating agency has to be given sufficient freedom to conduct probe into the case, the apex court said. It also rejected Chidambaram's application for direction to the ED to produce transcripts of his questioning conducted by the agency on three dates. The top court said it has the power to peruse case diary even before the commencement of trial and added that it has refrained from perusing documents placed before it by ED in a sealed cover as it may prejudice other accused.