New Delhi, Sep 23 Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Sing visited Delhi’s Tihar jail on Monday to meet former union minister P Chidambaram, who has been in prison since September 5 in connection with INX Media case.
Chidambaram’s bail plea will be heard by the Delhi High Court today.The CBI, however, has opposed bail to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on the grounds that it will be “against the zero-tolerance policy on corruption”.
On Sunday, Chidambaram took a dig at the CBI after the agency claimed he was a flight risk. In a tweet posted on his official account Chidambaram said he was “thrilled” that some people believed he could “grow golden wings and fly away”.
“I am thrilled to discover that according to some people, I will grow golden wings and fly away to the moon. I hope I will have a safe landing,” his family posted on his behalf.
Last week, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel had met the former Finance Minister. The opposition party has stepped up its show of support for the veteran leader.
Chidambaram has been lodged in Jail No. 7 of the Tihar jail, which is meant for economic offenders.
The former Union Minister was sent to judicial custody by a Delhi court after his arrest on August 21 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for alleged irregularities in granting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance of Rs 305 crore to INX media, now known as 9x news, during his tenure as the Finance Minister.
Chidambaram is also being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in money laundering case relating to INX media.
The Congress had accused the BJP-led central government of indulging in political vendetta.