New Delhi, Sep 6: Karti Chidambaram , son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram who was sent to Delhi’s Tihar, said the CBI are still nowhere close even of filing a charge sheet and he expected to have his father back home soon.
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who was arrested by the CBI in the case last month, was on Thursday taken to Delhi’s Tihar Jail, and will be there till September 19.
Karti Chidambaram said, ” I don’t see any merit in the judicial custody (of particularly for the events which has happened 11 years ago. They (CBI) are still nowhere close even of filing a charge sheet. I hope that I will have my father back home very quickly.”
“I reiterate that both Aircel-Maxis and INX cases are non-cases and they will never see the light of day. I don’t think proper chargesheets will ever be framed. And we’ll never have trials. But for political reasons we have to go through this process where vehement critics of the government will be targeted,” he added.
Chidambaram, 74, will be in Jail number seven, Ward nine. Jail Number 7 houses 600-700 inmates, the majority of whom are jailed for crimes against women, though the block has traditionally been used to house economic offenders.
Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram were named by INX Media co-founders Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea, who are currently jailed in Mumbai in connection with the murder of Indrani’s daughter Sheena Bora.
Since he has Z-level security, the CBI court agreed to his lawyer Kapil Sibal’s request for special facilities. These include a separate cell, a cot (prisoners usually sleep on the floor), a bathroom with western-style facilities, security and medicines. The court also allowed him to be kept in a separate cell with adequate arrangements for his security.
The span will cover Chidambaram’s 74th birthday – on September 16 – which he will have to spend locked up.
Director General of Prisons, Sandeep Goyal told “A jail is a jail. We only follow the court’s orders. No one lodged in a jail is special.”He said Chidambaram would be treated like a normal prisoner.
Chidambaram is facing trial for financial crimes and is also aged above 70 but Goyal only said “We will do what the jail manual says,” as he brushed aside any security concerns.