Denied Bail, Chidambaram Goes Missing: Here's Arnab's View

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Republic's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami explains 7 reasons why CBI and ED actions against Chidambaram in INX Media case are shameful for both him and Congress.

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Updated On:

Hours after the Delhi High Court dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case, two separate teams from the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and the ED (Enforcement Directorate) reached his residence on Tuesday evening. However, the team had to return empty-handed because Chidambaram was missing from his home. 

Speaking in the matter, Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami explains 7 reasons why the actions taken by the CBI and ED against Chidambaram for money laundering in the INX media case are shameful for the both the former Union Minister who is absconding from the law and the Congress party. 

Here's Arnab Goswami's take

What a shame for Chidambaram. And what a shame for the country that a Home Minister like a proclaimed offender, like fugative, like a criminal on the run, is in hiding. That Chidambaram is on the run reflects his deep sense of guilt at being caught. All that smugness has evaporated and he realises now that corruption possibly means jail. #ChidambaramMissing is the hashtag and here are 7 reasons why I think nothing can be more shameful:

  1. This is shameful because the same man who was Finance Minister and effectively in charge of the ED for 6 years under UPA-I and UPA-II is running from the very same Enforcement Directorate.
  2. This is shameful because the same man who was Home Minister of India from 2008 to 2012-- 7 years later is at an undisclosed location as the CBI is at his doorstep looking for him and the Courts have refused to give him bail refuge.
  3. This is shameful because the man who is a sitting Member of Parliament-- answerable to you and me-- is effectively absconding from the law and investigative agencies.
  4. This is shameful because P. Chidamabaram who has turned off his phone and gone into hiding is not a small time politician but has been the face of the Gandhi family for decades.
  5. This is shameful because the same man who fancies himself to be a core architect of the RTI-- is now hiding from the ED and CBI and the entire nation in a case where the allegation is that money power and familial relations trumped the oath made on the constitution of India.
  6. This is shameful because the entire Lutyens preachy cocktail circuit has gone silent as one of their own is on the run.
  7. And this is shameful because-- when the entire nation wants to know why is P Chidamabram missing and whether he is hoodwinking the law-- the Vadra Gandhi Congress in a cosy corner of Lutyens Delhi is watching the show seemingly without a single decibel of regret.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Delhi HC rejected Chidamabaram's anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media case, significantly giving the investigative agencies a free hand to arrest and take the former Union minister into custodial interrogation, if needed. However, when the ED and SBI teams reached his residence later in the evening, he went missing. Top sources also told Republic that the Congress leader may be on the run as he faces arrest. As per top sources, the former Finance Minister 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.

READ | After being denied bail, CBI at P Chidambaram's house in New Delhi

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