Ex-minister P Chidambaram arrested
August 22, 2019
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation- CBI yesterday evening in connection with INX Media corruption and money laundering cases. Chidambaram was taken to the CBI office for questioning.
The arrest was made amidst high drama in presence of supporters and police personnel while a CBI team climbed over a wall to enter the South Delhi home of Chidambaram.
The CBI had been on a look out for Chidambaram for almost 24 hours when the former minister made an appearance at the Congress headquarters in Delhi.
He spoke to the media there and said, "I've not been accused of any offence nor anyone else including any member of my family in the case.". "I believe in the wisdom of our judges," Chidambaram added.
He then left the place and reached his home from where he was taken into custody by the CBI.
Anticipating the arrest Chidambaram had appealed to the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court decision of rejecting both his anticipatory bail pleas. The top court however, refused to grant an urgent hearing in the matter and assigned Friday as the hearing date.
Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal is representing Chidambaram in the matter while case is being investigated by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate.
The INX Media case is about alleged irregularities that allowed media company INX Media to receive overseas funds of around Rs 307 crore when P Chidambaram was the finance minister in Congress-led UPA government.
INX Media co-founder Indrani Mukerjea has accused Karti Chidambaram of taking $1million to secure Foreign Investment Promotion Board -FIPB approval in favour of INX Media with the help of his father P Chidambaram.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted," An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha, @PChidambaram_IN ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as Finance Minister & Home Minister. He unhesitatingly speaks truth to power and exposes the failures of this government, but the truth is inconvenient to cowards so he is being shamefully hunted down. We stand by him and will continue to fight for the truth no matter what the consequences are.