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Chidambaram arrested updates: Ex-FM to be in CBI's custody till Monday; family, lawyers allowed to meet just for 30 mins everyday

Chidambaram arrested LIVE updates: Chidambaram's family members and team of lawyers will be allowed to meet him for 30 minutes everyday till he's in CBI's custody. The court has told the CBI that personal dignity of Chidambaram should not be violated during this period.

FP Staff August 22, 2019 19:02:32 IST
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Chidambaram arrested updates: Ex-FM to be in CBI's custody till Monday; family, lawyers allowed to meet just for 30 mins everyday

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Aug 22, 2019 - 19:30 (IST)

P Chidambaram's plea to be heard by SC bench headed by Justice R Banumathi

Congress leader P Chidambaram's plea challenging the Delhi High Court verdict dismissing his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media case would be heard on Friday by the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice R Banumathi.

Aug 22, 2019 - 19:06 (IST)

Centre wants to suppress opposing voices: Bhupesh Baghel on Chidambaram's arrest

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said, "P Chidambaram was constantly criticising the policies of the Central government and was pointing out their failures. The government can't face criticism and so they want to suppress the opposing voices."

Aug 22, 2019 - 18:55 (IST)

P Chidambaram taken out of court

P Chidambaram was taken out of the CBI court soon after the verdict on the agency's plea for his custody was pronounced. Meanwhile, the security at the CBI headquarters was beefed up.

Aug 22, 2019 - 18:44 (IST)

CBI gets Chidambaram's custody till 26 August

A Delhi court granted CBI the custody of former finance minister P Chidambaram till 26 August to interrogate him in the INX Media case. According to India Today, Chidambaram's family members and team of lawyers will be allowed to meet him for 30 minutes everyday during the period. The court has told the CBI that personal dignity of Chidambaram should not be violated.

Aug 22, 2019 - 18:14 (IST)

Chidambaram's plea against CBI listed in SC for tomorrow, petition against ED listed for 27 August

P Chidambaram's plea against the Delhi High Court judgment, which denied him anticipatory bail in the INX Media case being probed by CBI, is listed for hearing in the Supreme Court for Friday. Beside this, another petition  by him seeking anticipatory bail in the case being investigated by the ED is listed for 27 August. 

If the CBI court doesn't grant CBI Chidambaram's custody, the ED will still have a chance to arrest him till the Supreme Court hears the matter.

Aug 22, 2019 - 17:54 (IST)

Kapil Sibal, Singhvi outside CBI court

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi were seen outside the CBI court in Delhi after hearing on the CBI plea seeking 5-day custodial interrogation of Congress leader P Chidambaram, who was arrested on Wednesday in the INX Media corruption case.

Aug 22, 2019 - 17:44 (IST)

CBI court order expected shortly

Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar heard the arguments of CBI and Chidambaram's counsel for over one and a half hour before reserving the order.

Aug 22, 2019 - 17:11 (IST)

Court reserves order for half an hour

The special CBI court hearing the agency's plea for P Chidambaram's custody has reserved its order for 30 minutes. 

Aug 22, 2019 - 17:09 (IST)

Court allows Chidambaram to speak

Chidambaram was allowed to speak by the CBI court during the hearing. He told the court that when he was called by CBI on 6 June 2018, he was only asked if he had a foreign bank account. He said that he didn't have one and had given CBI the details of one bank account maintained by son Karti.

Aug 22, 2019 - 16:59 (IST)

Chidambaram wants to speak in court, Tushar Mehta objects

Opposition CBI's plea for P Chidambaram's custody, Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the agency that it can ask him questions in the court itself. According to reports, Chidambaram expressed his want to speak to the judge, but CBI's counsel Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta objected to it. "How can questions related to investigation be asked here. I did not object to two counsels arguing for Chidambaram, but this is objectionable," Live Law quoted Mehta as telling the court.

Chidambaram arrested LATEST updates: A Delhi court granted CBI the custody of former finance minister P Chidambaram till 26 August to interrogate him in the INX Media case. According to India Today, Chidambaram's family members and team of lawyers will be allowed to meet him for 30 minutes everyday during the period. The court has told the CBI that personal dignity of Chidambaram should not be violated.

The special CBI court is expected to pronounce shortly the verdict in the CBI's plea for custodial interrogation of P Chidambaram. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar heard the arguments of CBI and Chidambaram's counsel for over one-and-a half-hours before reserving the order.

The special CBI court hearing the agency's plea for P Chidambaram's custody has reserved its order for 30 minutes. Before the conclusion of arguments, the court allowed Chidambaram to speak during the hearing. The former finance minister then said that during the questioning in June 2018, the CBI had only asked him about whether he had a foreign bank account.

"Just because my answers aren't what they want to hear, it doesn't mean I'm not cooperating," Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the court after the CBI claimed that P Chidambaram was not cooperating in the INX Media case.

Appearing for the CBI, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta told the court that though right to silence is a Constitutional right, P Chidambaram was not co-operating in the investigation into the INX Media case. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal countered the demand, saying that custodial interrogation was unnecessary as the investigation was already complete.

The hearing has begun in the special CBI court. Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta has begun the arguments for the CBI, which is seeking a five-day custody of P Chidambaram.

P Chidambaram will be produced in a special CBI court today in a short while. The former finace minister's son Karti and wife Nalini have already arrived at the court premises.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) concluded its second round of interrogation of Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case on Thursday. Reportedly, he was interrogated for three hours, during which Chidambaram was "evasive", India Today quoted sources as saying.

P Chidambaram is likely to be produced in the special CBI court by 4 pm today. The CBI has 24 hours to produce Chidambaram before a magistrate or a court. The deadline gets over at 9 pm today.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the former finance and home minister was arrested for an allegation made against him in 2007, after a dozen of years in 2019. He also stated that officials of the company which was involved in the case were not arrested.

Karti Chidambaram said, "This is not merely targeting of my father but the targeting of Congress party. I will go to Jantar Mantar to protest."

Former finance minister P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram on Thursday said that his father's arrest by CBI on Wednesday night in connection with the INX Media corruption case is being done just to divert attention from the issue of Article 370. "It (the arrest) is being done just to divert attention from the issue of Article 370," Karti told reporters.

"This whole thing is politically trumped-up. There are no merits whatsoever. These are apparently about alleged events which took place in 2008 for which an FIR was filed in 2017. I have been raided four times. I have been summoned 20 times. I have appeared for at least 10-12 hours in each of the summons. I was also the guest of the CBI for 11 days. Everybody who is even remotely associated with me has been summoned and extensively questioned, and still, we don't have a charge-sheet. There is no case. I have absolutely no link with INX Media," Karti said.

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI Wednesday night from his residence in connection with INX media corruption case after dramatic developments with the agency sleuths scaling walls to gain access to the bungalow in the high-end Jor Bagh locality.

"Mr P Chidambaram has been arrested in connection with INX media case," a senior official of the agency said.

A CBI spokesperson said he has been arrested on the basis of a warrant issued by a competent court.

Chidambaram arrested updates ExFM to be in CBIs custody till Monday family lawyers allowed to meet just for 30 mins everyday

CBI officials escort Congress leader P Chidambaram from his Jor Bagh residence in New Delhi. PTI

Chidambaram will spend the night in the CBI lock-up. A medical examination will be conducted and he will be produced before a special CBI court on Thursday, where the agency will seek his remand.

The CBI which was looking for 73-year old Chidambaram since Tuesday after his anticipatory bail application was rejected by the Delhi High Court managed to get a whiff of his location only when he appeared on camera at the Congress headquarters in the evening to make a press statement.

Rejecting reports of his evading the law, he told reporters that the charges against him and his son were "nothing further from truth".

Flanked by senior Supreme Court lawyers and party colleagues Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Chidambaram said he was working with his lawyers through the last night, preparing his papers for his bail application, which was filed before the Supreme Court earlier.

The sleuths rushed to the party office, but by the time they reached, Chidambaram had already left for his residence 115-A in Jorbagh, a 10-minute distance from the party office, in a luxury sedan accompanied with his lawyers and party colleagues -- Singhvi and Sibal.

Leaving no stones unturned to avoid an embarrassing situation of Tuesday when the agency failed to locate him at his bungalow, the CBI team made a strong presence today with about two dozens officers swarming the place.

With a big media contingent beaming live images of the developments, the CBI team first knocked the gates to gain entry but finding no response, they nimbly scaled the nearly five-ft high walls to gain entry.

Once three officers reached inside, they opened the gates to allow entry to other team members waiting outside. Soon a team of officers, identifying themselves as from ED, too arrived at the scene.

A team of about two dozen officials remained on guard at the bungalow when Chidambaram was inside with Sibal and Singhvi.

After completing arrest formalities, the CBI team had to wade through Congress supporters who had gathered outside raising slogans against the agency.

Some supporters jumped on the white car in which Chidambaram was being taken to the agency headquarters.

Delhi Police personnel were also posted to prevent any adverse law and order situation.

The agency had been seeking Chidambaram's "custodial interrogation" in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in the grant of foreign investment clearances to INX Media when he was the finance minister.

They said Chidambaram was summoned last year for questioning in the case but he remained evasive in his responses.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to grant P Chidambaram any protection from arrest by rejecting his plea seeking anticipatory bail.

Swinging into action after the high court order, a team of CBI officers had landed at the Jor Bagh residence here to locate him but he was not present.

The agency officials returned after pasting a notice at his residence on Tuesday night asking him to be present before the investigation officer of the case within two hours. Chidambaram did not appear before them.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has listed Chidambaram's petition on Friday without giving him any interim relief in the matter.

The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister. Thereafter, the ED lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2018.

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