As the former Union Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram has been granted bail, his son Karti Chidambaram said that it is a positive day but it is not a finality. Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Karti mockingly said that he would like to read the documents in sealed covers by the ED if he gets access. He also said that he is happy that his father will be back home after a long wait.
Karti said: "I am very happy, it's been 106 days. We are happy he will be coming back home today. Priority is first to take care of his health. He has definitely been affected with this long and unwanted incarceration. I am not in a position to comment on SC's decision. This is a long process, yes it is a positive day. We don't intend to agitate on the case. we will have the day. You will see as and when trial happens."
Mocking about the ED's investigation and brushing himself aside from his involvement in the case, Karti also said, "I am curious about the sealed covers documents filed. I am not involved in the case. I am being falsely implicated in the case. I have never met anybody related to INX media. It is unfortunate that for political reasons I am being pulled. As I said this is political vendetta but this is not the finality of the case so right now I am just very happy that my father is coming home."
106 days after being arrested in the INX Media Case, the Supreme Court said that even if there is an allegation of grave offences, bail cannot be denied. This comes as a major relief to the Congress leader as he has been interrogated for 45 days in the judicial custody. The Supreme Court also said that Chidambaram will have to pay a bail amount of Rs 2 Lakh. In its verdict, the top court barred Chidambaram from interacting with media or to make public statements in connection with this case. It also said that he should not temper with the evidence and not influence the witnesses and can't travel outside the country without the Court's order.
After 27 hours of being untraceable, when Congress leader P Chidambaram arrived at the AICC head office for a press conference, and within minutes returned to his Jor Bagh residence, the CBI followed him and arrested him on August 21. In unprecedented visuals, the CBI team climbed the walls of Chidambaram's residence to enter his place. The CBI officials after almost 30-minutes long drama arrested him for custodial interrogation in the money laundering and corruption cases.
After the Delhi High Court rejected the bail plea of Chidambaram in the INX media case in August this year, he went missing. He had approached the court with an anticipatory bail plea in the corruption and money laundering case against him. During arguments in the court, both the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had opposed his plea on the ground that his custodial interrogation was required as he was evasive during questioning. While denying bail, Justice Sunil Gaur, said “facts of the case prima facie reveal that” he is the “kingpin that is the key conspirator in the case”, and he was evasive in replies to probe agencies when he was under protective cover given by the court.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX Media for foreign funds of Rs.305 crore during Congress leader P Chidambaram’s tenure as Finance Minister. According to the CBI, the Mukerjea couple, who were the owners and founders of INX Media had swung a deal in their favour to secure the FIPB clearance. Indrani turned approver in the case and gave a confessional statement to a magistrate under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). Indrani Mukerjea has alleged that money had exchanged hands, benefiting one of Karti Chidambaram’s companies in lieu of the FIPB approval.