A Delhi court Tuesday allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to interrogate former Union minister P Chidambaram tomorrow in Tihar jail and, if required, arrest him in connection with the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the agency, reported PTI. The court had reserved its order on the plea on Monday.
The senior Congress leader is in judicial custody till October 17 in the corruption case filed by CBI.
After the court passed the order, the ED sought the court’s permission to question him in some space available in Rouse Avenue court premises. But the court told ED that “it’s not of the dignity of this person that you interrogate and arrest him here in public view”.
Meanwhile, Chidambaram sought bail from the Supreme Court in the same case and claimed that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) wants to keep him behind the bars just to humiliate him.
Denying any possibility of him trying to influence the witnesses in the case, senior advocate Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for Chidambaram, told the SC bench that there were no allegations about the Congress leader or his family members trying to approach or influence any witness in the case. They also denied any allegation of financial loss or siphoning of funds in the corruption case.
The lawyers also questioned the findings of the Delhi High Court, which had rejected Chidambaram’s bail plea on September 30, based on three aspects — flight risk, tampering with evidence and influencing of witnesses.
The court would hear the arguments of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is representing CBI on Wednesday.
(With PTI inputs)