The CBI and ED on Friday told the Delhi High Court that custodial interrogation of former Union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram is required in the INX Media case since he was evasive in his replies during questioning earlier.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the bench of Justice Sunil Gaur on behalf of the two agencies that during Chidambaram’s tenure as Finance minister, FIPB clearance was given to a media group for receiving foreign funds amounting to Rs 305 crore in 2007. He contended that in this regard Chidambaram gave wrong answers and did not disclose the material ought to be in his knowledge.
Mehta also opposed Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea and argued that the agencies should be allowed to exercise their statutory powers of arresting him, producing him before the court concerned, and taking him on police remand to interrogate him.
Senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Singhvi and Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Chidambaram, contended that the former minister was called for questioning by the CBI only once — in June 2018 — and he was not even named as an accused in the FIR.
Justice Gaur reserved his order on Chidambaram’s plea seeking anticipatory bail. He also said that the interim order granting the Congress leader protection from arrest in the matter will continue until the final decision is passed on his plea.