After the Special CBI Court justified CBI maintaining custody of former Finance Minister till August 26, his son Karti Chidambaram, on Thursday, responded that he did not fear for his bail's future as it was granted by the Supreme Court. He also stated Chidambaram's counsels - Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal have countered CBI's claims effectively. Chidambaram, on his exit from the Court, flashed a 'Thumbs up' to the media. This was reminiscent of Karti's fist pump in March 2018 after being granted bail by the Supreme Court.
"It is not me to comment. I do not know anything about the process. I think these arguments are being cooked up by CBI. It has been answered by Mr.Sibal and Mr.Singhvi. I think the fact that the CBI did not summon him for the last four months has been countered effectively by them. My bail has been confirmed by the Supreme Court," said Karti on being confronted by the media. Karti is currently on bail, granted by Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and advocate, Kapil Sibal, has argued that P. Chidambaram has been targetted by the CBI. He stated that the six secretaries of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) have not been arrested in connection with the INX Media case. He further stated that Chidambaram's son Karti -the accused in the case is on bail since March 2018. He also stated that the investigation in the INX Media case has been completed. He also stated that the questions were not pertaining to alleged payments to Chidambaram but were centered around 2018.
His colleague Singhvi argued that Chidambaram's answers in his interrogation were not evasive. He further underlined the Indrani Mukherji link in the case stating, "Indrani made a statement originally on 17 Feb 2018. Accused is fully interrogated 4 months later after 164 statements of Indrani." Questioning CBI's motive, he continued, "Is is it conceivable that an agency so thirsty for arrest today didn’t call him once after 6 June?" He too argued that the six FIPB secretaries who were deciders were not arrested but the approving authority was.
Tearing into Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi's arguments that Chidambaram had appeared when summoned for investigation, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated that Chidambaram had always been evasive. Contradicting claims of cooperation, he said, " The right to silence is a constitutional right but right to be evasive is complete non-cooperation." Slamming misuse of the right to remain silent, he argued," If I ask someone what is your name and he refuses to reply, then he is not exercising his right to silence, he’s being evasive." He further demanded that custodial interrogation was necessary for further investigating the case. Mehta stated Chidambaram was continuously evasive, since June 2018.
Earlier on Wednesday, after being untraceable for almost 27 hours, the Congress senior leader P. Chidambaram made a surprise arrival at the Congress head office to address a press brief. Following which he reached his residence, wherein the CBI and ED officials were present to question the Parliamentarian. However, they were blocked by the Congress leader to enter his house. They were then forced to scale walls to detain Chidambaram. He was then taken to the CBI headquarters where he was kept in the night. He was produced in court on Thursday. The Court has ordered him to return back to CBI custody till August 26.