Even after P. Chidambaram's dramatic arrest in the INX Media scam, it is known that the former Finance Minister has been non-co-operative and evasive in his responses, as per the sources.
According to top Republic sources, even after 2 and a half hours of grilling, P. Chidambaram has been non-compliant, and evasive in his replies to the CBI officers.
During his CBI interrogation, the Parliamentarian has maintained that when he was called as a witness last year, when he was asked to join the probe. He denies putting any pressure on FIPB officials and further asserted that he has no interference in his son's business. Former Home Minister P. Chidambaram has refused to recall any meeting with Peter and Indrani Mukherjea in March-April, 2007.
According to Republic reports, P. Chidambaram mostly remained quiet on Wednesday night, and hardly spoke to the CBI officials and doctors during his medical check-up after he was arrested and taken to the CBI Headquarters.
The doctors asked P. Chidambaram a few questions over his medical history, and that if he was on any medication, and his blood pressure and other vital information were noted. It is known that the former Finance Minister's kept his responses short and maintained silent on queries of the CBI. Pertaining to security concerns, a medical examination was conducted at the CBI Headquarters by RML Hospital Medical team led by the Medical Superintendent at around 11 PM after the 'kingpin' was arrested at around 10 PM on Wednesday night.
He was kept in Suit 5 of the CBI Headquarters with CCTVs, the feed of which was accessed in the control room and even two CBI officials, who remained outside his room the entire time. The senior Congress leader has been taken to the Economic Offences Unit where his formal questioning would begin. However, the questioning would be conducted only post 10 AM on Thursday by the investigation team led by Parthasarathy, Dy SP. P. Chidambaram will be produced at Special CBI Court, Rouse Avenue around 4 PM after his interrogation
After being untraceable for almost 27 hours, the Congress senior leader P. Chidambaram made a surprise arrival at the AICC 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.
In visuals emerging from the incident, the CBI team could be seen climbing walls to enter P. Chidambaram's house after being blocked at the main gate. P. Chidambaram was then apprehended for custodial interrogation in the INX media cases at the headquarters. Chidambaram spent the night at the Suit 5 of the CBI headquarters.
#ArrestChidambaram | Arnab is #LIVE as P Chidambaram surfaces at AICC HQ after 27 hours underground following his anticipatory bail being denied in the INX Media case, watch here - https://t.co/Ar5oNWEpM1 pic.twitter.com/OOVV0i7UST— Republic (@republic) August 21, 2019
Labeling it as a politically motivated "witch-hunt" to silence his father, Karti said, "It has been done only to tarnish the image of Congress party and to try to silence the most vehement critic of this government. My father has been the most vehement, articulate and vocal critic of this government. This has been done to silence him."
"It has no legal basis and it is a trumped-up charge. The event happened in 2008, for which FIR was filed nine years later in 2017. Following this, I have been summoned 20 times, I have been raided four times, Nobody in Indian history been raided so many times. I was also in CBI custody for eleven days. Everyone associated with me, even causal acquaintances have been summoned and they still don't have the case," he added.
Playing the victim, Karti said that they were being 'targeted' saying, "First of all, there is no legal requirement for my father to be available for anybody what happened on Tuesday was the anticipatory bail plea hearing happened which was filed on May 2018 and arguments were closed on January 2019 where the judgment was reserved for seven months. The judgment came out, there was no requirement to appear before anybody. Never has the CBI given two-hour notice, I have been summoned by CBI 20 times, I was given a week to appear before them; he has not been evading, please don't be wrong on facts."
During March-May 2007, P Chidambaram as Union Finance Minister was aware that FIPB only gave approval of 4.61 crores FDI to INX media, but they managed to illegally bring Rs 335 crore. He will be quizzed regarding Indrani Mukerjea's statement which reads that once FIPB rejected INX media request to bring FDI, the couple (Indrani and Peter) allegedly met him at north block and subsequently Karti Chidambaram in a five-star hotel.