In a massive development in the INX Media case, Special CBI court on Thursday sent former Union minister P Chidambaram to the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation for questioning till August 26, Monday. Wife of the Congress leader, Nalini Chidambaram was confronted by Republic at the Rouse Avenue Courtroom following the hearing in the case, however, she refused to respond in the matter. On being asked about her husband being sent to custodial of the CBI by the court, Nalini Chidambaram said only one word, "Nothing".
"Nothing is my only word," Nalini Chidambaram said on being confronted at the CBI court on Thursday evening.
After Nalini Chidambaram, son of the former Home Minister, Karti Chidambaram was confronted over the developments. Evading the questions on his father's CBI custody, Karti spoke about is hopes from the Supreme Court hearing to be held on August 23 in which the top court will be hearing Chidambaram's petition seeking stay on the Delhi High Court order that had dismissed his anticipatory bail plea.
Chidambaram was produced before the special court on Thursday afternoon, where he and his counsels Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi presented their arguments. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, on the other hand, argued for the CBI. While Sibal and Singhvi questioned the claims made by the CBI that Chidambaram was not cooperating, Tushar Mehta maintained that this is a classic case of money laundering and the former Finance Minister had been cooperating. The CBI further stated that it is at the pre chargesheet stage in the INX Media case. Pronouncing the verdict, the CBI court's allowed the agency custody to Chidambaram till Monday, however, asked the agency to ensure the dignity of the accused is not violated in any manner. The CBI court also allowed Chidambaram's family, including Nalini Chidambaram and Karti, along with his lawyers to meet him for 30 minutes daily.
Meanwhile, a Supreme Court bench of Justice R Banumathi and Justice AS Bopanna will hear pleas P Chidambaram filed against the Delhi High Court’s order rejecting his anticipatory bail plea in cases of CBI and ED on Friday.