The Enforcement Directorate on Monday sought dismissal of Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram’s regular bail plea in a money-laundering case related to the INX Media corruption case by submitting that three witnesses in the case were pressured by Chidambaram and his family to not cooperate with the investigation.
The ED submitted that the manner in which the high office of the country was misused by Chidambaram for personal gain disentitles him from seeking relief, and giving bail to Chidambaram would be against “zero tolerance policy in corruption” and set a wrong precedent.
The ED also submitted, “The petitioner and his co-conspirators have tried to influence and pressurise the witness, firstly not to cooperate with the investigations and secondly not to disclose/divulge any incriminating fact (which is in their personal knowledge) to the investigating agency”. The ED said that these three witnesses were different from the CBI case. The ED has not revealed their names in its affidavit, but their statement will be placed before the court during the bail hearing.
The arguments on Chidambaram’s bail plea were supposed to take place on Monday, but due to the strike called by the Delhi HC Bar Association in the aftermath of the Tis Hazari district court violence, the matter was deferred to November 6. The ED also submitted that Chidambaram’s son Karti was involved in destruction of evidence. The agency made this allegation on the basis of a co-conspirator’s statement.
The ED told the court, during search and scrutiny of digital data, it was revealed that directors and shareholders of M/s Advantage Strategic Pvt Ltd, belonging to Karti, later on in 2013 transferred the entire shareholding of the company to Chidambaram’s granddaughter by way of a will and the original copy of the will was destroyed at Karti’s instance.