Chidambaram INX Media Case HIGHLIGHTS: In a major setback to former Union minister P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea, challenging the dismissal of his anticipatory bail in a corruption case lodged by the CBI in the INX Media case. The apex court said his petition has become infructuous as Chidambaram has already been arrested by the investigating agency.
Prior to this, the Congress leader had moved the top court, saying his plea challenging the trial court’s order remanding him to CBI custody in the case has not been listed for hearing today despite the apex court’s direction on August 23. The Supreme Court said the plea will be listed for hearing after the registry gets necessary orders from Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court extended till Tuesday the protection from arrest given to Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate.
Meanwhile, a Delhi special court remanded Chidambaram in CBI custody for an additional four days till August 30 in the INX Media case. “We need five days of custody of Chidambaram as the confrontation with co-accused will continue to unearth larger conspiracy,” PTI quoted Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, as informing the court.
The Supreme Court today will hear three pleas filed by P Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media case. Get latest updates here
Chidambaram to remain in CBI custody till Aug 30
The Delhi special court has remanded Chidambaram for four more days to CBI custody till August 30. The Congress leader was produced before Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar after the expiry of his four days remand, granted on August 22.
Delhi court likely to pronounce order shortly on CBI's plea for extension of Chidambaram's custodial interrogation
The Delhi court has reserved the order on CBI's plea for extension of Chidambaram's custodial interrogation by five days. The order is likely to be pronounced in the next half hour.
CBI didn't ask Chidambaram about of $5 million, amount stated to sensational case: Sibal tells court
Defending Chidambaram, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said ED's contention before the top court bear no relevance to the current case before this court. Sibal pointed out that the CBI had mentioned about a payment to the tune of $5 Million, however, no such question was put forth Chidambaram during his interrogation in the past 26 hours.
He also said the amount was mentioned to sensationalise the case and claimed that the CBI has no details of the $5 million involved in this case.
Sibal tells the court that the CBI had asked Chidambaram whether any amount was paid to him by co-accused Peter Mukerjea. "I (PC) have categorically said no" to that question., Sibal said.
Seeking Chidambaram's custodial interrogation extension, SG says ex-Union Min to be confronted with some emails
Seeking extension of Chidambaram's custodial interrogation by five days, counsel appearing for the CBI, SG Tushar Mehta, says Chidambaram has to be confronted with some emails as well. He further said the ED has filed a few documents before the Supreme Court in relation to Chidambaram's involvement in the case.
Chidambaram to be confronted with co-accused to unearth larger conspiracy: ED tells Delhi court
Commencing the arguments in the INX Media case, the ED says that during the interrogation, Chidambaram has to be confronted with co-accused in the case to unearth the larger conspiracy. The special judge sought details from CBI regarding Chidambaram's interrogation it conducted the last four days. The judge is perusing the CBI case diary.
Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar is hearing the case. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Additional Solicitor General K N Natrajan are arguing for CBI and said the confrontation with co-accused is not complete, the prosecutors said and placed before the court a file containing email exchanges between the accused persons.
"We need five days of custody of Chidambaram as the confrontation with co-accused will continue to unearth larger conspiracy," PTI quoted Mehta as saying.
CBI seeks extension of Chidambaram's custodial interrogation by five days
The CBI seeks an extension of Chidambaram's custodial interrogation by five days in the case. Arguments in the case have commenced in the packed courtroom.
Last week a Delhi special court had remanded Chidambaram in CBI custody till August 26, observing that the allegations against him in the INX Media case are “serious in nature” for which a “detailed and in-depth investigation is required”.
Delhi Police makes way for Chidambaram to CBI court
The Delhi police are paving way for Chidambaram to reach inside the courtroom. Chidambaram, who has reached the court, has been greeted by his supporters and is speaking to his counsel Dayan Krishnan.
In pictures | Chidambaram reaches CBI court
Former Union finance minister Chidambaram reaches the CBI court. Today is Chidambaram's last day in CBI custody. He was produced after the Supreme Court refused to entertain his plea challenging the Delhi High Court order which had dismissed his anticipatory bail plea in the corruption case lodged by the CBI which has arisen out of the INX Media scam.
(Express photos by Tashi Tobgyal)
Money laundering case in SC: Court extends interim protection from arrest to Chidambaram tlll tomorrow
The Supreme Court has extended Chidambaram's interim protection from arrest in the ED case till tomorrow. The hearing for today has been concluded.
Chidambaram produced before CBI court
Former Union Minister P Chidambaram has been produced before Delhi Court on expiry of his four days CBI remand in INX Media case.
Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar on August 22 had remanded Chidambaram to CBI custody till today and had directed the agency to produce him after his medical examination.
Money laundering case in SC: Sibal says ED never raised charge of tampering evidence before
Sibal further questioned the manner in which the investigative agencies are conducting the proceedings.
On ED’s charge that Chidambaram was trying to tamper with evidence, Sibal says the agency never raised this charge anywhere anytime before. "They are claiming that there is apprehension of tampering of evidence. Tampering of what? Properties situated outside? Or bank accounts? If that tampering is possible, my arms must be really long," he says.
Money laundering case in SC: 'Show link between Chidambaram and bank accounts,' Sibal challenges ED in court
Counsel for Chidambaram Sibal questions in how any court can conclude that this requires his client's custodial interrogation and challenges the lawyer for the ED to show a link between at least one bank account and property detail with Chidamabaram. "Let them give at least one bank account and one property details and the link between that and P Chidambaram," Sibal says.
Money laundering case in SC: Counsel for Chidambaram objects on Mehta not sending docs to him
Mehta tells the top court the case diary is the basis for the judgment and "that is exactly what I want to produce before the court today". The counsel for Chidambaram, Sibal raises an objection and says Mehta could produce any document before the court, however, it should be sent to him first. "These are the procedural issues that need to be addressed in a case that involves personal liberty," Sibal says.
Money laundering case in SC: Sibal, Mehta argue over ED's note to Delhi HC
Meanwhile in Supreme Court, senior advocate Kapil Sibal and SG Tushar Mehta spar over a note which, Sibal claims the ED gave to the Delhi High Court and parts of which were reproduced in the high court's order. Refuting Sibal's claim, Mehta says the ED never gave such a note to the high court.
Security tightens at CBI court
Chidambaram's counsel senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi and Dayan Krishnan have reached Delhi's Rouse Avenues Court. Security has been tightened in and around the court.
P Chidambaram an accused only because he is Karti's father: Sibal
"Chidambaram is being made vicariously liable. The ED's case seems to be that since he's Karti's father, he must be involved... There is no chargesheet filed naming him so prima facie, no offence has been committed," Sibal was quoted as saying by Bar & Bench.
All, except Chidambaram, on bail: Sibal to SC
"Chartered Accountant Bhaskar Raman got bail, Karti Chidambaram got bail, Indrani and Peter Mukherjea are on default bail and no sanctions have been sought for the six government secretaries till now," Kapil Sibal said.
Karti Chidambaram neither a director nor shareholder: Kapil Sibal
"The case is that Karti Chidambaram used his relationship with P Chidambaram to influence public servants to secure ex-post facto FIPB approvals for the downstream investment in INX media. All the then six FIPB secretaries have been examined and none of them said that Karti Chidambaram approached them. The statements of these officers are also part of the attachment proceedings where they have said that Karti never approached them. Their case talks about Advantage Strategies but Karti is neither a Director of the company nor a shareholder," Sibal was quoted as saying by Bar & Bench.
Security beefed up outside Rouse Avenue court ahead of Chidambaram's arrival
Security tightened in an around Delhi's Rouse Avenue court ahead of Chidambaram's arrival. The former Union minister's four-day CBI custody ends today. Those who are not related to the Congress leader case is not allowed to enter the court premises.
SC resumes hearing in INX Media case
Court assembles to resume hearing in the case. Senior counsel Kapil Sibal continues with his arguments.
SC to continue hearing after lunch
As the bench prepared to leave for lunch, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta asked if the court would like to go through the documents at lunchtime as indicated. The court also pointed to objections by Sibal. The hearing will continue after lunch.
'Show one bank account or property linked to Chidambaram'
Continuing his arguments, Sibal said what is happening is media trial and challenged the ED to show as it had claimed, even one bank account or property linked to Chidambaram. He added that the documents are in a sealed cover only to prejudice the court against the petitioner and was violative of rights under Article 21.
Sibal says the documents in sealed cover only to prejudice the court against the petitioner and was violative of rights under Article 21 @IndianExpress— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) August 26, 2019
Sibal continues to argue over documents produced by ED against Chidambaram
The SC bench said that it will take a look at the documents submitted by the ED in a sealed cover during lunch time. Sibal, however, objected to this, saying, there is no procedure in law by which investigating agencies can give documents in this manner.
ED leaked documents to media, says Kapil Sibal
"It can’t be that they give or show any document to the court and I am not entitled to look into it. They leak it to media. They leaked the ED affidavit to the media," Kapil Sibal was quoted as saying by ANI.
Documents shown to HC not produced before Chidambaram: Sibal
Placing his arguments before the top court in the ED case, Sibal said documents that were shown to the Delhi High Court were not produced before his client during interrogation. "Notes, documents and diaries were passed on to the Delhi HC judge as evidence. These documents were not shown to P Chidambaram during questioning," he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Chidambaram can seek remedy as per law, says SC
While dismissing Chidambaram's plea in the CBI case, the top court said the Congress leader is at liberty to seek remedy in accordance with the law, PTI reported.
SC begins hearing ED case against Chidambaram
The top court has begun hearing Chidambaram’s plea for an anticipatory bail in the money laundering case being probed by the ED. This case is an offshoot of the INX-Media case.
I should have been heard: Sibal to SC bench
"The SC order was for hearing, not listing. I was not given a hearing. I was entitled to anticipatory bail and I should have been heard," Sibal told the court, Bar & Bench reported.
I have the right to be heard, Kapil Sibal tells SC
According to Bar & Bench, Justice Banumathi said the CBI matter became infructuous as Chidambaram was already arrested in that matter. Sibal opposed this, saying the matter was pending when the arrest was made. "I have a right to be heard," he said.
SC begins hearing Chidambaram's pleas in INX Media case
Hearing in the plea, challenging the Delhi High Court order denying anticipatory bail to P Chidambaram, begins in the Supreme Court.
Plea against CBI remand not listed for arguments: Kapil Sibal
Kapil Sibal mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Justice R Banumathi and said that during the hearing on Friday last, the court had said that the plea challenging the remand order would be taken up for hearing today but it has not been listed for arguments.
Wait for orders from CJI on plea against CBI remand, says SC
The bench told Sibal that Chidambaram's plea will be listed for hearing after the registry gets necessary orders from CJI Ranjan Gogoi. "The registry has some difficulty and we have to take orders from the Chief Justice," the bench told Chidambaram's lawyer and advocate Kapil Sibal.
Plea to be listed after orders by CJI: SC to Chidambaram's counsel
The apex court told Chidambaram's counsel that his plea would be listed for hearing after necessary orders by CJI.
Plea against trial court's order not listed for today: Chidambaram's lawyer
Chidambaram's counsel today told the apex court that his plea against trial court's remand order was not listed for hearing on Monday despite the apex court's direction, PTI reported.
ED to press for Chidambaram's arrest in INX Media case
Pressing for Chidambaram’s arrest and custodial interrogation, the agency will say that “it is also found that the petitioner and his co-conspirators are not only trying to tamper/destruct the evidence, but are influencing the witnesses”.
'Two individuals acted as agents of Chidambaram'
In its response, the agency will also intimate the court that it had found that “two individuals… acted as agents of” Chidambaram “and interacted/liasoned with the parties applying for FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval including INX-Media as well as collected the proceeds of crime on behalf of/ at the behest of the petitioner-accused”. It will say that the shell had been created so as to make it difficult for law enforcement agencies to track the money trail, and that only custodial interrogation would “complete” the probe and lead to “the truth being unravelled”.
Persons with 'close' links to Chidambaram created several shell firms: ED to SC
On August 23, the ED had told the apex court, which took up his plea for pre-arrest bail in the case, which is an offshoot of the INX-Media case being probed by CBI, that persons with “close” links to Chidambaram had created many shell companies in India and foreign countries to launder money.
Chidambaram does not own any property, bank account abroad: Defense lawyer
A statement issued by his Advocate Arshdeep Singh Khurana denied the claims of his client owning assets or bank accounts abroad. The statement said “I am instructed by my client to state that he does not own any property or has any bank account abroad” and that “all his assets are duly reflected in all statutory filings”. The counsel said “we have been instructed to file a detailed rejoinder in the event the affidavit is filed”. The statement by Chidambaram’s counsel also said the affidavit “seems to have been leaked with a view to sensationalise the matter and prejudice my client in the hearing scheduled before the Hon’ble Supreme Court…” and “seems to be an attempt to conduct trial by media”.
‘Specific inputs’ on Chidambaram offshore assets, ED will tell SC
Today, the ED is likely to tell the court that the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has “given specific inputs” that the former finance minister and his co-conspirators “had accounts/valuable properties in Argentina, Austria, British Virgin Island, France, Greece, Malaysia, Monaco, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and Sri Lanka”, it is learnt. On Monday, after The Indian Express report was published, former Union Minister P Chidambaram’s lawyers said they will file a “detailed rejoinder” in the Supreme Court if the Enforcement Directorate files its affidavit in which it is learnt to have stated that the Congress leader and “his co-conspirators” owned assets and had bank accounts in multiple countries.
When was Chidambaram arrested?
Chidambaram was arrested on August 21 night from his Jor Bagh residence by the CBI in the corruption case and was produced before a trial court on August 22, which remanded him to four-day CBI custody till August 26.