Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday took on the PM Modi-led government over the action of probe agencies against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, alleging that he is being "hunted down" as he speaks the truth which is "inconvenient to cowards".
Priyanka Gandhi also said that the party stands by Chidambaram.
An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha, @PChidambaram_IN ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as Finance Minister & Home Minister. He unhesitatingly speaks truth to power and exposes the failures of this government,— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 21, 2019
but the truth is inconvenient to cowards so he is being shamefully hunted down. We stand by him and will continue to fight for the truth no matter what the consequences are.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 21, 2019
Her expression of strong support to Chidambaram, who has also been a home minister, came a day after the Delhi High Court refused to grant him any protection from arrest in the INX media case.
Hours after the High Court ruling, a team of CBI officials landed at Chidambaram's posh Jor Bagh residence to locate him but left after not finding the senior Congress leader there.
Officials from both CBI and ED reached P. Chidambaram's residence on Tuesday evening, just hours after the Delhi High Court dismissed his plea for an anticipatory bail in the INX Media Scam, opening up the possibility of an arrest of the former Home Minister.
Chidambaram was last seen at the Supreme Court along with the Congress legal eagles- Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid at around 5 PM on Tuesday evening when the Congress senior leaders were confronted by Republic TV.
In the INX Media scam, Chidambaram had approached the High Court with a plea for an anticipatory bail in the corruption and money laundering case. However, during the arguments, both the CBI and ED had opposed the bail, on the grounds that his custodial interrogation required as the former Union Minister was being evasive during the 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
(With PTI inputs)