Following hours of high-end political drama, senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister was arrested by the CBI on Wednesday night in connection with the investigation in the INX Media case. He was taken to the CBI headquarters in Delhi and will be staying that the night at the CBI lock-up, sources told.
As per CBI sources, P Chidambaram has been arrested on an arrest warrant issued by a competent court. While the former Home Minister had argued that there was no arrest warrant issued for him, CBI sources revealed that he was arrested only after the competent court issued an arrest warrant against him, rubbishing the allegations that the agency officials were not armed with an arrest warrant.
After spending Wednesday night at the CBI HQ, Chidambaram is likely to be produced before the CBI Rouse Avenue Court on Thursday morning. The Congress leader was arrested from his residence after hours of dramatic turn of events and him being untraceable for more than 24 hours. Notably, before his arrest, Chidambaram addressed the media at the AICC head office in Delhi. As soon as he reached his residence after the briefing, teams of CBI and ED reached his residence for questioning in the INX Media case.
Addressing the briefing earlier on Wednesday, the Congress Rajya Sabha MP stated that he, along with his team of lawyers, were busy preparing the papers and file them in the Supreme Court on Wednesday - for his desperate last-ditch plea for interim protection in the case.
"While my lawyers, all senior counsel, were moving the Supreme Court, other lawyers and I worked through the night last night to prepare the papers. We completed this task only this morning, and immediately filed the appeals in the Supreme Court. Today, throughout the day, I was with my lawyers following the proceedings in the Supreme Court. I was aghast that I was accused of hiding from the law," he said addressing the media.
These developments came after the Delhi HC denied the anticipatory bail plea filed by P Chidambaram in the INX Media Case. During the hearing, both CBI and ED had opposed his plea on the ground that his custodial interrogation was required as he was evasive during questioning in the corruption and money laundering case against him.