The Supreme Court Friday granting former Union minister P Chidambaram interim protection from arrest till Monday, August 26 in connection with the Enforcement Directorate’s probe in the INX Media case. The bench, comprising Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna, deferred his plea relating to the CBI’s probe in the case to Monday as well.
Chidambaram is being probed in two cases of alleged corruption and money laundering linked to INX Media by the CBI and ED. Chidambaram’s Counsel Kapil Sibal claiming that Prosecution had handed over a note to the High Court judge after the hearing was over, said some parts of the High Court judgment were “cut and paste” from the note. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on behalf of the prosecuting agencies argued, “The High Court order had come after it saw the case diaries, ” adding that Peter and Indrani Mukherjea had met Chidambaram on the money laundering charges, in which the former Union Minister had assured FIPB clearance to them, asking them to take care of his son’s (Karti Chidambaram) interests.
Chidambaram was remanded to CBI custody for four days till August 26 on Thursday, a day after the agency arrested him at his Jor Bagh residence. Pronouncing its order, a special CBI court observed that allegations against him “serious in nature” for which a “detailed and in-depth investigation is required.”