After former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram's custody was given to the CBI on Thursday evening by the Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi. The Delhi High Court had cancelled his anticipatory bail plea on Tuesday. The senior Congress leader approached the Supreme Court with regards to the High Court's order. The hearing is listed to be taken up on Friday.
Following that, he was questioned briefly on Thursday night at the central agency's headquarters in the national capital. The questioning was specifically in connection to FIPB approvals and FDI with respect to the INX Media case. The senior Congress leader's plea challenging Delhi High Court's order will be heard on Friday.Later on, he was served dinner. Home-cooked food and a pair of clothes were brought in for him. The questioning for Friday is yet to begin.
The Rouse Avenue Court on Thursday granted CBI custody of P Chidambaram till August 26 in money laundering and corruption cases related to INX Media case. Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar granted the CBI custody of Chidambaram for four days. Furthermore, the CBI has been asked to ensure the dignity of the accused is not violated in any manner during the custodial interrogation. Pronouncing the verdict, the Court has further said that the family members and lawyers are permitted to meet P Chidambaram for 30 minutes a day.
After the Delhi High Court refused to grant P Chidambaram any protection from arrest on Tuesday, the CBI took the opportunity to get hold of the Congress leader. The court had rejected his plea seeking anticipatory bail. Swinging into action after the high court order, a team of CBI officers had landed at the Jor Bagh residence here to locate him but he was not present, so they left a notice. Later, with P Chidambaram's whereabouts known owing to media contingent beaming live images of the developments, the CBI team first knocked the gates at his home again but finding no response, they nimbly scaled the nearly five-ft high walls to gain entry. Once three officers reached inside, they opened the gates to allow entry to other team members waiting outside. Soon a team of officers, identifying themselves as from ED, too arrived at the scene. After completing arrest formalities, the CBI team had to wade through Congress supporters who had gathered outside raising slogans against the agency.
The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX Media group. The irregularities were with regards to the company receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as the Union Finance Minister. Thereafter, the ED lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2018. The CBI had logded an FIR in 2017.
(With PTI inputs)