Former finance minister and senior congress leader P Chidambaram, who was denied anticipatory bail by the Delhi high court earlier this week, told the Supreme Court on Friday that the judge who rejected his request for pre-arrest bail had copy-pasted paragraphs from the Enforcement Directorate’s note to the court in his order.
Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Chidambaram before a two-judge bench of the top court, said the ED’s note had become the basis of the order by the high court.
“If courts, now on a note handed over by ED counsel without it being on affidavit are cut-pasted to deny me bail, then how can I even think of getting bail,” Sibal told the Supreme Court bench of justices Bhanumati and AS Bopanna.
By a single order, Justice Sunil Gaur of the Delhi High Court had rejected Chidambaram’s application of anticipatory bail in two cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in the INX Media cases.
He was arrested by the CBI late on Wednesday evening and yesterday, was remanded in CBI custody till 26 August. Chidambaram’s appeal against the decision in the CBI case will be heard on Monday since he is already under arrest.