Former finance minister P Chidambaram’s CBI custody was on Friday extended for three days till September 2 in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.
The former Finance Minister was presented at a CBI court today, on expiry of his 4-day CBI custody. During the hearing, the probe agency sought an extension of Chidambaram’s custodial interrogation by five days in the case.
The order was passed by Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar. He has already been subjected to custodial interrogation by the CBI for eight days since his arrest on August 21, after the Delhi High Court on August 20 dismissed his anticipatory bail plea.
“Investigation being the prerogative of the investigating officer and given the fact that the record is voluminous and accused needs to be confronted. Thus, more time is required. In view of the submissions made, the accused is sent to police custody remand till September 2,” the judge said while pronouncing the order.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court said that it will rule on September 5 on the former FM’s plea for interim protection from arrest.
During the previous hearings in the apex court, ED had opposed Chidambaram’s contention that the agency could not show any material it had not confronted him with.
His son Karti also arrived at the CBI court today. However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, as well as senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, were absent. Senior advocate Dayan Krishnan appeared for Chidambaram.
Chidambaram is in CBI custody in connection with the corruption case linked to INX Media. CBI had lodged an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister. Thereafter, ED lodged a money laundering case.
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