New Delhi, AUg 21: After the Central Bureau of Investigation pasted a notice outside P Chidambaram’s house ordering him to appear within two hours, Congress MP’s lawyer has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation under what law his client has been told to appear within two hours in an alleged corruption case.
After the anticipatory bail plea has been cancelled, the teams of
Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate reached Chidambaram’s residence .
However, Chidambaram’s lawyer Arshdeep Singh Khurana in a statement said that the notice fails to elucidate the provision of law under which his client has been asked to appear.
“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. Furthermore, my client is exercising the rights available to him in law and had approached the Supreme Court on August 20 seeking urgent reliefs in respect of the order dismissing his anticipatory bail,” Khurana said, according to news agency ANI.
The Congress described CBI and ED action against former Finance Minister and senior party leader P. Chidambaram as “political vendetta” and accused the government of targeting opposition leaders.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “Chidambaram approached the High Court for anticipatory bail, which is his right and the court did not accepted that. That order is appealable and an application has already been moved, which will be heard in the Supreme Court on August 21. I fail to understand what is going to happen at night. Heavens have not opened up.”
The CBI is probing Chidambaram in the INX Media case, which it had registered on May 15, 2017 alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during his tenure as finance minister. While the ED is probing the money laundering case which it registered in 2018.