Thanking his friends and party colleagues for lifting his spirits higher, the former finance minister said, "I am reminded that I am 74 years old. Indeed I am but at heart, I feel 74 years young. Thank you all, my spirits have been lifted higher."
The order came after the senior Congress leader moved the high court, seeking regular bail in the case, alleging that the present criminal proceedings is “borne out of political vendetta” and that the investigating agency is acting at the behest of the Union government.
The senior Congress leader, by way of a separate petition, also sought a stay on the operation of the trial court’s order of September 5 remanding him in 14 days’ judicial custody in the case till September 19.
The agency wanted some clarifications from her regarding foreign transactions made by the company, they said. The agency had sent Letters Rogatory to five countries seeking information about the financial transactions of INX group of companies.
The CBI says Indrani and her husband, Peter Mukerjea, who were founders and owners of INX Media, had struck a deal to swing approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in their favour with co-accused including Karti, Chidambaram’s son.
First-time economic offenders and those arrested under dowry charges are lodged in jail no.7. A source said Chidambaram “will be allotted six blankets — three for putting on top of the cot — a fan and a western toilet”.