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INX media case: Top developments today

Chidambaram-INX Media Case Today HIGHLIGHTS: Chidambaram's counsel also sought transcripts of the interrogation conducted by the Enforcement Directorate on three dates in the INX Media money laundering case.

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Chidambaram INX Media case LIVE UPDATES:  P Chidambaram outside a CBI court on Monday. He was remanded in CBI custody for an additional four days till August 30. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Chidambaram INX Media Case HIGHLIGHTS: The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the protection from arrest granted to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case till tomorrow. A bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna said it would hear the arguments of the Enforcement Directorate on Chidambaram’s two petitions, including the challenge to remand orders, on Wednesday, reports PTI.

Hearing in the case resumed Tuesday with Chidambaram’s counsel filing a rejoinder to the ED affidavit which lists countries where he and “his co-conspirators” allegedly had bank accounts and properties. Appearing for the former finance minister, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the ED cannot place documents in the court randomly and “behind the back” for seeking custody of the accused.

He also sought transcripts of the interrogation conducted by the Enforcement Directorate on three dates in the INX Media money laundering case. The hearing is underway before an apex court bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna.

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Here are the top developments in the case that took place today

* SC extends protection from ED arrest granted to Chidambaram in INX Media money laundering case till Wednesday. The ED will argue in the top court tomorrow.

* Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the former Union minister, filed an application seeking direction to the ED to produce the transcripts of the questioning conducted on December 19 last year and January 1 and January 21 this year in the case. He said that the transcripts will show whether Chidambaram was evasive during his questioning, as alleged by the ED.

* Sibal also told the bench that the ED cannot place documents in the court randomly and “ behind the back” for seeking Chidambaram’s custody.

* Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for ED, said he would like to reply to the fresh application during the course of his arguments.

* Appearing for Chidambaram, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, referred to the constitutional and legal provisions and said that fundamental right of citizens under Article 21 (right to life and personal liberty) cannot be suspended.

* Singhvi argued that the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) was amended in 2009 whereas the allegations in the case are of 2007-2008.

Chidambaram gets interim protection from arrest till tomorrow

The hearing in the case will continue tomorrow at 2 PM now when Solicitor General Tushar Mehta will argue on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate. Meanwhile, interim protection from arrest in the case filed by the ED will continue.

Chidambaram seeks transcript of his interrogation by ED in INX Media money laundering case

Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram sought in the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the Enforcement Directorate be asked to produce the transcripts of his interrogation it had conducted on three dates in the INX Media money laundering case.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, told a bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna that they have filed an application seeking direction to the ED to produce the transcripts of the questioning conducted on December 19 last year, January 1, 2019 and January 21, 2019 in the case.

The transcripts will show whether Chidambaram was evasive during his questioning, as alleged by the ED, Sibal said.

He told the bench that the ED cannot place documents in the court randomly and "behind the back" for seeking Chidambaram's custody.

"They are just producing documents at random and saying this is part of the case diary," Sibal said, adding, "They cannot place the documents behind the back and seek custody of accused." (PTI)

ED cannot place documents in the court randomly: Sibal

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, told a bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna that they have filed an application seeking direction to the ED to produce the transcripts of the questioning conducted on December 19 last year, January 1, 2019 and January 21, 2019 in the case. The transcripts will show whether Chidambaram was evasive during his questioning, as alleged by the ED, Sibal said. He told the bench that the ED cannot place documents in the court randomly and "behind the back" for seeking Chidambaram's custody.

You are trying to paint a person as kingpin when it was not even an offence

Referring to Delhi HighCourt's order denying anticipatory bail to Chidambaram,  Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, "You are trying to paint a person as kingpin when it was not even an offence."  

Singhvi further added that the offences with which Chidambaram was charged were included in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act only in June 2009 whereas alleged offence dates back to May 2007. So provisions cannot apply retrospectively.

Chidambaram INX media case: Defense counsel opposes ED's request to submit records in sealed covers

Chidambaram filed a rejoinder to Enforcement Directorate affidavit which lists countries where he and “his co-conspirators” allegedly had bank accounts and properties. Appearing for Chidambaram, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the agency cannot place documents in the court randomly and "behind the back" for seeking custody of the accused.  He told the Supreme Court that it opposes ED’s request to submit records in sealed cover.

Chidambaram INX media case: Hearing underway


Former finance minister P Chidambaram's counsel on Tuesday sought transcripts of the interrogation conducted by the Enforcement Directorate on three dates in the INX Media money laundering case. The hearing is underway before an apex court bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna.

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ED had lodged a money laundering case against Chidambaram in 2017.

On Tuesday, the apex court refused to entertain his petition challenging Delhi High Court’s dismissal of his anticipatory bail plea in the corruption case lodged by the CBI.

The bench said since Chidambaram had been arrested and was already in the CBI custody, his appeal in the case had become infructuous. However, the bench said Chidambaram was at liberty to seek a remedy in accordance with the law.

The same day a Delhi special court Monday remanded Chidamabaram for an additional four days till August 30 in the INX Media case. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said the CBI demand that Chidambaram has to be further interrogated in its custody was “justified”.