Even counsel of the former Union Minister P Chidambaram appealed to the Supreme Court the urgent listing of his plea challenging the Delhi High Court order dismissing his petition for pre-arrest bail in the INX media case after CBI's late-night summon, the Chief Justice of India has not taken up the case. Instead, the CJI has referred the case to the registrar who will now give it to a bench to hear the matter. Earlier, Justice N V Ramana told senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, that the case will be put before the CJI and he will decide on the urgent hearing. Meanwhile while publishing the story, ED has issued a lookout circular for Chidambaram.
#BREAKING on #ChidambaramMissing | No mentioning of P Chidambaram's plea seeking interim protection from arrest before CJI, lookout notice also issued. Fast-paced developments https://t.co/P31DpU1zkT pic.twitter.com/GhsHMGmhky— Republic (@republic) August 21, 2019
The former Union Minister's counsel has appealed to the CBI to not take any coercive action after a bail denial in the INX Media case. Arshdeep Singh, the Congress leader's Counsel asked the CBI to not take any action until 10:30 AM on Wednesday in writing, saying that the plea will be mentioned before the Supreme Court at that time. He further said that the CBI notice did not mention the section under which Chidambaram is required to appear.
#BREAKING on #ChidambaramMissing | P Chidambaram's lawyers rush to CJI court over plea seeking interim protection from arrest, bench not yet assembled. Tune in for fast-paced updates from the Supreme Court here - https://t.co/LGCyJUEBn5— Republic (@republic) August 21, 2019
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.
While the CBI reached Chidambaram's residence to question him in the investigation, top sources had told Republic that the Congress leader may be on the run over possibilty of arrest, if required by the probe agency. Top sources also informed that the former Finance Minister under UPA government was earlier at the residence of Congress leader Abhishek Manu Sighvi, but left after an hour-long visit. Sources further added that Chidambaram has gone underground. He is still missing at the time of publishing the story.
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.
5:08 PM Tuesday: Chidambaram was last seen
7:04 PM Tuesday: CBI team arrived at his Delhi residence
7:20 PM Tuesday: Team leaves after the Congress leader's whereabouts were unknown.
11:30 PM Tuesday: CBI team pastes summon on his main gate asking him to appear in 2 hours
1:10 AM Wednesday: Chidambaram's lawyer writes to the CBI
8:10 AM Wednesday: The CBI team arrives at the former Union Minister's home again