Sunday, 22 September, 2019


Former Indian finance minister Chidambaram arrested in corruption case involving Malaysia's Maxis

P Chidambaram: India's former finance minister arrested CBI team scales wall to enter Chidambarams residence, arrest likely soon
Bennie Garza | 22 August, 2019, 22:29

Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar heard the arguments of CBI and Chidambaram's counsel for over one-and-a half-hour. He hinted Chidambaram would be served food of his choice but would not say whether he would get a separate room, soft bed, pillow or mattress.

Before his dramatic arrest from his residence, the former Union minister clarified that no formal chargesheet had been filed against him in the INX Media case and that there was no question of evading the law; on the contrary, he was trying to help law. The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister.

Chidambaram's lawyer, Arshdeep Singh Khurana wrote to the CBI, "I am instructed to state that your notice fails to mention the provision of law under which my client has been issued a notice to appear within 2 hours".

"The investigation needs to be brought to a logical end and for that goal, the custodial interrogation is sometime found useful and fruitful".

The court allowed his family and lawyers to meet him every day for an hour.

It also said the investigating agency not calling the accused for probe after June 6, 2018 can not be a ground to deny it an opportunity to conduct an effective probe now.

Continuing his attack, Chowdhury said the "Proactive CBI becomes an inactive probe agency when it comes to investigation of graft cases against BJP leaders".

Some 20 plainclothes officials arrived and while the 10 ED officials among them waited at the rear gate, the 10 CBI officers scaled the shoulder-high boundary wall.

Karti, who the main accused in the INX media case, added, "There are no chances of my bail being cancelled as my bail is confirmed by the Supreme Court". Thereafter, money laundering case was lodged.

The agency is expected to ask for maximum custody - 14 days - for Chidambaram's interrogation, said the local Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency. Citing the Delhi High Court order that denied Chidambaram anticipatory bail and called him "kingpin", Mehta also gave the case diary to the court for perusal to make a strong case for getting Chidambaram's custody.

In March 2018, Indrani Mukerjea told the CBI in a statement recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC that a deal of $1 million was struck between Karti Chidambaram and the Mukerjeas to secure approval from the FIPB in favour of INX Media.

Chidambaram was arrested after issuance of non bailable warrant against him. Some supporters jumped on the white vehicle in which Chidambaram was being taken to the agency headquarters.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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