Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament P Chidambaram surfaced at AICC headquarters on Wednesday evening after being underground and untraceable for almost 27 hours after the Delhi High Court refused to grant him anticipatory bail in the INX media case on Tuesday. The Congress leader stated that he, along with his team of lawyers, were busy preparing the papers and file them in the Supreme Court on Wednesday - for his desperate last-ditch plea for interim protection in the case.
At the press briefing at the Congress headquarters, Chidambaram said, “My lawyers, also my dear friends who are present here, advised me to move the Supreme Court. On my behalf, they did so yesterday evening and today. They appealed repeatedly, to the Honourable Supreme Court to list the appeals for hearing urgently and in the meanwhile, grant me interim protection. While my lawyers, all senior counsel, were moving the Supreme Court, other lawyers and I worked through the night last night to prepare the papers. We completed this task only this morning, and immediately filed the appeals in the Supreme Court. Today, throughout the day, I was with my lawyers following the proceedings in the Supreme Court. I was aghast that I was accused of hiding from the law. On the contrary, I was seeking the protection of the law. I was accused of running away from justice, on the contrary, I was engaged in the pursuit of justice.”
The former Union Finance Minister and Union Home Minister also reiterated that his pleas would be listed for hearing only on Friday.
Addressing the news briefing at the Congress headquarters, Chidambaram maintained that neither he, his son Karti or any other member of his family have done any wrongdoing. He further said that there is no chargesheet filed by either ED or CBI before a competent court in the INX Media case, despite the Delhi High Court making damning observations against him while denying him anticipatory bail.
"I believe that the foundation of a democracy is liberty, most precious article of the constitution is Article 21 that guarantees life and liberty. If I'm asked to choose between life and liberty, I shall unhesitatingly choose liberty. In the last 24 hours, much happened that has caused concern to some and confusion to many. Many statements today is to address that concern and confusion," the former Home Minister said during the press briefing.