Chidambaram-INX Media Case Live News Updates: The special CBI court on Thursday sent former finance minister P Chidambaram to judicial custody till September 19 in connection with the INX media case. Chidambaram has already spent 15 days in CBI custody. He will now be sent to Tihar jail in the national capital. The former minister was arrested by the CBI on August 21 night after the court rejected his anticipatory bail plea.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had refused to grant the former Union minister pre-arrest bail in the INX Media case. In partial relief to Chidambaram and his son Karti, a Delhi court, earlier today, granted the father-son duo anticipatory bail in the cases lodged by CBI and ED in the Aircel-Maxis case.
Granting relief, Special Judge O P Saini directed them to join the probe in the cases. “In event of arrest, they can be released on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and one surety of like amount. The accused are directed to join the investigation,” the court was quoted as saying by PTI.
Chidambaram's bail plea to be decided by SC and trial court today. Follow LIVE updates here.
CBI may file chargesheet in INX Media case this month
In connection with the INX Media case, CBI may file a chargesheet soon and will keep the investigation open, PTI quoted sources as saying. Around 11 entities may be charged in the first chargesheet in the case, PTI quoted its sources.
According to officials, Chidambaram was asked around 425 questions during 90 hours of interrogation spread over 14 days, PTI quoted sources as saying. The probe also included his face-to-face confrontation with former additional secretary in the Finance Ministry Sindhushree Khullar and director Prabodh Saxena, PTI quoted sources.
Bail has very good chance of success, probe agencies have to justify each day of remand: Singhvi
Congress spokesperson and Chidambaram's counsel Abhishek Singhvi accused the government of "selective opposition persecution" and expressed hope that there are better chances of getting bail after some "hiatus" as continued custody for many days has to be justified. "The bail has very good chance of success as the probe agencies have to justify each day of remand. This is clearly huge amount of selective opposition prosecution," he told reporters.
In relation to the Supreme Court dismissing Chidambaram's bail plea, Singhvi said, "It is a setback", adding that what has happened in the trial court is a necessary fallout of what has happened in the Supreme Court, but clarified that the police remand turning into judicial record is routine.
"We did not get the relief we wanted in the Supreme Court, it certainly is a setback," he noted.
Singhvi said the issue today is custodial interrogation required after a certain period of time. "I am confident, we will get bail. Continued detention after so many days has to be justified."
Those with power of truth have strength to fight any injustice: Congress on Chidambaram
Reacting to Chidambaram's comment on the economy, Congress said, "Those with the power of truth have the strength to fight any injustice."
After being sent to 14-day judicial remand, former finance minister said he was worried about the status of the economy. "I am only worried about the economy," he said before leaving for Tihar.
Glimpse of Chidambaram leaving for Tihar
Former finance minister P Chidambaram being taken to Tihar jail from Delhi's court. (PTI photo)
P Chidambaram on his way to Tihar jail. (PTI photo)
What was need to jail him, will move for bail: Counsel for Chidambaram
One of the counsels for Chidambaram Abhishek Singhvi said in an interview with India Today that they will move for his bail and questioned the Delhi court's order to put him in Tihar jail. "Issue isn't if he's guilty. What was the need to put him in jail. He hs cooperated in the probe. We will move for his bail," Singhvi said.
Singhvi: "The bail has very good chance of success as the probe agencies have to justify each day of remand. This is clearly huge amount of selective opposition prosecution."
Chidambaram reaches Tihar jail
Veteran Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram has reached Tihar jail. Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court, earlier today, directed Chidambaram to be sent to 14-day judicial remand in connection with the INX Media case.
The court allowed Chidambaram's plea to provide him with a separate cell along with a cot and a bathroom in Tihar.
Will go through legal process, have my father back home very quickly: Karti Chidambaram
After his father was directed to be sent to Tihar jail by a Delhi court, Karti said he is well aware of the legal process and will have his father back home quickly.
Karti Chidambaram: "This is a process we are well aware of. I have gone through the same thing last year. So we'll go through the process and have my father back home very quickly. I know what has to be done through the legal process. This is how it works out, unfortunately. After police custody, for investigation judicial custody follows."
Karti: "I don't see any merit in the judicial custody, particularly for the events which has happened 11 years ago. They (CBI) are still nowhere close even of filing a charge sheet. I hope that I will have my father back home very quickly."
Probe in INX Media case still in progress, CBI concerned of Chidambaram's status, says court's order
The order passed by the Delhi courts states that the investigation of the INX Media case is in progress as the CBI is concerned that due to Chidambaram's status and position, the probe might be hampered.
"It is not a case where the accused can be released at the stage of considering the extension of remand as submitted by the senior counsel, for the accused. The investigation of the case is still in progress. The CBI has apprehension that because of his status and position the investigation may be hampered," the order reads.
Chidambaram leaves for Tihar; supporters protest against court's order
Chidambaram is on board a police bus and is being taken to Tihar jail. Meanwhile, outside Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court, his supporters have gathered protesting the court's order.
A Delhi court has sent Chidambaram to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the INX Media case.
Chidambaram still in court
Delhi: Police bus parked inside Rouse Avenue Court, P Chidambaram is expected to be taken in this bus to Tihar Jail. Chidambaram is still inside Court. The Court has remanded him to judicial custody till September 19 in CBI case in INX media matter pic.twitter.com/2lxXKp06Nd— ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2019
'I am worried about economy': Chidambaram after being sent to Tihar
After the Delhi court ordered 14-day judicial custody for P Chidambaram in connection to the INX Media case, the former home minister said he is worried about the economy. " I am only worried about the economy," Chidambaram said.
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INX Media case: Delhi court issues notice to ED on Chidambaram's plea seeking surrender
The Delhi court has issued a notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Chidambaram's plea seeking to surrender in the money laundering case in which the Supreme Court, earlier today, dismissed his plea against the August 20 order of the Delhi High Court denying him pre-arrest bail.
After the court passed an order for his judicial custody, Chidambaram moved a surrender application in the ED case. The application for surrender in the ED case would be taken up for hearing on September 12.
INX Media case: Delhi court sends Chidambaram to Tihar jail till Sept 19
The Delhi court has sent Chidambaram to a 14-day judicial remand till September 19 in connection to the INX Media case. Chidambaram will be lodged in the Tihar jail.
The court has further directed that Chidambaram should be put in a separate cell, considering that he has Z-level security. Counsel for Chidambaram has requested a separate cell with no inmates. A request has been made for a cot and bathroom as well.
The court allowed him to carry his medicines to jail.
The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta asured there will be adequate security for the former finance minister in jail.
INX Media case: Delhi court to pronounce order shortly on CBI's plea to send Chidambaram to judicial custody
The Delhi court has reserved the order on CBI's plea that Chidambaram should be sent to judicial custody, PTI reported. The order will be pronounced shortly.
INX Media case: Chidambaram powerful public person, should not be set free, CBI tells court
The CBI is seeking judicial custody for Chidambaram in connection to the INX Media case, PTI reported. The CBI tells the Delhi court, that as Chidambaram is a powerful public person, he should not be set free.
The former finance minister has been in CBI custody for 15 days now, which is coming to an end today.
The counsel, appearing for Chidambaram, says the former Union minister is ready to go to ED custody in the money laundering case instead.
INX Media case: Chidambaram produced before Delhi court
Chidambaram has been produced before a Delhi court in connection to the INX Media case. Chidamabaram has already spent 15 days in CBI custody after his dramatic arrest on August 22. His custody comes to an end today.
He was brought to the special court hours after he withdrew his petition challenging the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against him following which he was sent to the CBI custody.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court had refused to grant pre-arrest bail to him.
'Dragged into it due to political vendetta': Karti Chidambaram
Moments after the Delhi court granted bail to the accused in the Aircel-Maxis case, son of P Chidambaram, Karti said he has no connection to the case and was "dragged" into it due to political vendetta. "As I have been saying it’s a non case. Been dragged into only due to political vendetta. I have no connection to Aircel Maxis or to FIPB. I had an Aircel sim though :) and in time this INX bogey will also be slayed," Karti tweeted.
This bogey of FIPB to which I have no connection none whatsoever, 23:3:18 J RG Garg DHC, and the ghosts of INX/ Aircel Maxis, again no connection, the fable of phantom global properties/shell cos/ bank accounts will all be laid to rest. https://t.co/SymP7Ktyvm— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) September 5, 2019
Probe agencies shouldn't discriminate between two similar situated accused: Delhi court
Delhi's Special court said the investigating agencies should not discriminate between two similar situated accused, as this was against the rule of law.
It also observed that the alleged bribe is a paltry amount in comparison to allegations against Dayanidhi Maran but he was not arrested.
"The allegations against accused are also not of grave magnitude as money laundered is only Rs 1.13 crore, which is a paltry amount in comparison to allegations against Dayanidhi Maran and others, where the bribe amount was Rs 749 crore but he was not arrested," the court said.
No possibility for Chidambarams to commit similar crime: Delhi court
The court observed the Chidambarams cannot commit a similar crime as they do not hold an official position in the government anymore. "No possibility for the Chidambarams to commit similar crime as they don't hold an official position in government now," said the court.
The court further observed that instead of arguing on the matter, the ED was seeking date after date since the filing of the complaint in 2018 on the pretext of further probe.
In case of arrest, Chidambarams can be released on personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and one surety
Special Judge O P Saini granted relief to the Chidambarams and directed them to join the probe in the cases. "In event of arrest, they be released on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and one surety of like amount. The accused are directed to join the investigation,” the court said.
Delhi court directs Chidambaram, Karti to join Aircel-Maxis probe
The court also directed P Chidambaram, son Karti to join the probe in Aircel-Maxis cases by CBI, ED.
Chidambaram, son Karti get anticipatory bail in Aircel-Maxis Case
The Delhi trial court granted anticipatory bail to P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in both ED and CBI cases in Aircel-Maxis matter. P Chidambaram is already in CBI custody in connection with INX media case.
There's still a long way to go, we have other legal options, says Karti Chidambaram
Karti Chidambaram after meeting father, P Chidambaram at CBI Headquarters, told news agency ANI, "There's still long a way to go, we have other legal options. The legal process has got many steps. I have gone through the same thing myself. I still believe that the whole case is born out of political vendetta."
Aircel-Maxis cases: Court dismisses plea by CBI, ED; says order to be pronounced at 2 pm
The Delhi court has dismissed the plea made by CBI and ED on anticipatory bail pleas by P Chidambaram, Karti in Aircel Maxis cases. It further said the order will be pronounced at 2 pm today.
CBI, ED urge Delhi court to defer order scheduled at 2 PM on anticipatory bail pleas
The CBI and ED have urged Delhi trial court to defer the order scheduled at 2 pm on anticipatory bail pleas by P Chidambaram, Karti in Aircel Maxis cases. ASG K M Nataraj for CBI has also requested the court to consider SC order on INX Media case pronounced today.
What all has happened till now
* SC rejected Chidambaram's anticipatory bail petition in ED's case
*Chidambaram is under CBI custody as per apex court's order
*Chidambaram's 15-day custody will end today.
SC allows Chidambaram to withdraw plea against NBW, remand orders of trial court
The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed former union minister P Chidambaram to withdraw his plea against non-bailable warrant and remand orders of the trial court in the INX Media corruption case lodged by the CBI. A bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna passed the order after senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Chidambaram, said they have decided to unconditionally withdraw the petition. (PTI)
Denying anticipatory bail is not violation of Article 21, says SC
"Anticipatory bail is not a matter of right and refusing the relief is not a violation of Article 21", the Supreme Court said. The apex court, however, said Chidambaram can approach the court concerned for grant of regular bail in the case.
P Chidambaram withdraws his SC plea against non-bailable warrant
P Chidambaram has withdrawn his SC plea against non-bailable warrant and has remanded orders of trial court in INX Media case lodged by CBI. "We have decided to unconditionally withdraw petition, Chidambaram's counsel A M Singhvi told SC.
Trial court to give its verdict on CBI custody today
Hours after the Supreme Court ordered that former Union minister P Chidambaram will remain in CBI custody until September 5 despite the agency stating that it did not want his custody any more, a Delhi court on Tuesday remanded the Congress leader in CBI custody until that date. “A person says he doesn’t want to go to judicial custody…. I don’t want custody,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for CBI in the INX Media case, told a bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna, urging it to leave the decision on it to the trial court.
Watch: P Chidambaram mocks Modi govt outside Delhi court, says ‘5%…GDP is 5%’
Former finance minister P Chidambaram Tuesday mocked the Narendra Modi-led government over the economic slowdown, saying “5 per cent…GDP is 5 per cent” after he stepped out of the Delhi court which is hearing the INX Media case. Chidambaram made the remarks when he was questioned by the media over his prolonged CBI custody outside the court premises.
Economic offences stand at different footing and have to be dealt with different approach: SC
The Supreme Court said, “Granting anticipatory bail at the initial stage may frustrate the investigation....It’s not a fit case to grant anticipatory bail. Economic offences stand at different footing and it has to be dealt with different approach."
Chidambaram can move regular bail application before trial court, says SC
INX Media case: Give sufficient freedom to probe the case, says SC
The investigating agency has to be given sufficient freedom to conduct a probe into the case, the apex court said.
INX Media case: SC rejects Chidambaram's application for direction to ED to produce transcripts
On Chidambaram’s plea that the court must summon the transcripts of the questions and answers put to him during interrogation, the court said this was part of the investigative authority and can’t be summoned unless something wrong with the process is shown. The court further said though it had the power to look at them, it was consciously not looking into the same as any observation made by it may affect the case of the accused.
Granting anticipatory bail would hamper investigations, says SC
A Bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna said “this was not a fit case for granting anticipatory bail and giving the relief now would hamper investigations”.
SC refuses pre-arrest bail to P Chidambaram in INX Media money laundering case
The Supreme Court Thursday rejected former finance minister P Chidambaram’s plea challenging the Delhi High Court’s refusal to grant him anticipatory bail in a money laundering case. The top court upheld the Enforcement Directorate’s argument that Chidambaram’s custodial interrogation was necessary.
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