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IRONY: Chidambaram To Spend Night In CBI HQ He Inaugurated In 2011

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Former finance minister P Chidambaram arrested by CBI
  • He was arrested after 55 minutes long drama
  • He inaugurated the CBI HQ in 2011 where he is now being interrogated

Former finance minister P Chidambaram was arrested from his residence by the CBI after he arrived at the AICC headquarters, what turns out to be irony is that he inaugurated the CBI HQ in Delhi back in 2011. Pictures accessed from PIB shows former home minister Chidambaram in inauguration event by the CBI where former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was presented a memento. The Central Bureau of Investigation Headquarters Building in New Delhi where he is being interrogated was inaugurated by him on April 30, 2011. 

Here are the pictures from the inauguration event in Delhi: 

 

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Chidambaram arrested

After 27 hours of being untracable when Congress leader P Chidambaram arrived at the AICC head office for a press conference, and within minutes returned to his Jor Bagh residence, the CBI followed him and arrested him on Wednesday. In unprecedented visuals, the CBI team climbed the walls of Chidambaram's residence to enter his place. The CBI officials after almost  30-minutes long drama arrested former finance minister P Chidambaram for custodial interrogation in the money laundering and corruption cases.

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Chidamabarm's plea seeking anticipatory bail in the INX media case was rejected by Supreme Court on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Supreme Court listed the plea of Chidambaram seeking interim relief from arrest on Friday. The CBI and ED issued lookout notice to the leader, and said in the Supreme Court that custodial interogation is necessary as Chidambaram is being evasive. 

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Earlier in the day, Chidambaram's petition seeking protection from arrest was mentioned before a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi who said the case will be put before CJI Ranjan Gogoi. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI and ED, told the bench that it was a case of money laundering of "monumental magnitude". 

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Delhi High Court rejects Chidambaram's anticipatory bail plea in INX Media case

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.

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