Chidambaram to be produced in court today, CBI to seek custody for 14 days

P Chidambaram

New Delhi, Aug 22: The CBI will take Former Union Minister P Chidambaram to court and seek maximum custody of 14 days for his interrogation.He was arrested by the CBI on Wednesday night from his Jor Bagh residence in connection with INX media case.

Senior Congress leader Chidambaram spent the night at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters after a dramatic arrest from his house in south Delhi.

Chidambaram is accused of facilitating foreign investment into a television company, INX Media, in 2007, when he was the Finance Minister, at the instance of his son Karti Chidambaram, who allegedly received kickbacks.

Chidambaram and his son were named by INX co-founders Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, who are currently in jail in connection on the charges oif murdering Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora. Chidambaram has denied the allegations, saying the case is a political witch-hunt.

After the arrest of Chidambaram, his application of anticipatory bail filed in the Supreme Court has become infructuous and now his lawyers would have to move a regular bail application before a trial court at Rouse Avenue, Delhi.

Chidambaram’s wife Nalini has also been charge-sheeted by the CBI in the Saradha chit-fund scam for allegedly accepting a bribe to the tune of Rs 1.4 crore. She was granted interim protection from arrest by the Calcutta High Court in January this year.

On Chidambaram’s arrest, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that democracy stands dead in hands of BJP. “The shameless witch-hunt & unheard of abuse of CBI/ED by Modi Govt 2.0 is playing on every TV screen in India. It’s a sham and shame that democracy stands dead in the hands of the BJP,” he wrote.

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