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Chidambaram INX Media Case Updates: Setback for ED as SC notes ex-FM cooperated in probe, stays arrest till Monday

Chidambaram INX Media Case Latest Updates: It looks like a mini setback for the Enforcement Directorate — which was looking to make a strong case to ensure Chidambaram does not get any relief from court — as Supreme Court acknowledged in its order that Chidambaram has always been on bail and he has been cooperating with the investigation in the ED matter.

FP Staff August 23, 2019 13:49:58 IST
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Chidambaram INX Media Case Updates: Setback for ED as SC notes ex-FM cooperated in probe, stays arrest till Monday

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10:20 (ist)

What can Chidambaram expect from today's SC hearing?

Not much of a relief, to  be honest. As an article in News18 points out, that with the trial court having already applied its mind and allowed the CBI's request for his custodial interrogation on Thursday, it is unlikely that the Supreme Court would want to say anything on Chidambaram's arrest by ED.

Pre-arrest bail for a person who is already in custody of an investigating agency under the order of the trial court is a very tricky issue. The apex court, in similar situations in some other cases, has refrained from interfering after the trial court has already applied its mind and allowed custodial interrogation. Since the trial court has allowed Chidambaram's custodial remand, it becomes extremely difficult for his legal team to now argue that since he had been on a pre-arrest bail before the Delhi High Court order on 20 August, the same should continue.

Between the Delhi High Court's judgment and Chidambaram's petition in the Supreme Court, there stands a trial court order wherein it has been held that allegations against him are serious and hence, a detailed and in-depth investigation is a must.

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Aug 23, 2019 - 14:46 (IST)

Meanwhile, in Aircel Maxis case...

The special court has reserved the order on anticipatory bail plea of P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram till 3 September. The court has also extended their interim protection till then. 

Aug 23, 2019 - 13:59 (IST)

Pakistan Senator Rehman Malik condemns Chidambaram's arrest

Pakistan Senator Rehman Malik has condemned the arrest of Congress leader P Chidambaram and added that he was targetted by the Modi government. 

Aug 23, 2019 - 13:39 (IST)

Monday's double hearings crucial for Chidambaram in INX media case

Monday will be crucial in determining the Congress leader's fate as the  Raous Avenue special court will decide whether to extend Chidambaram's CBI custody, while Supreme Court will hear two pleas related to the matter. The first plea challenges the special court's order granting CBI Chidambaram's custody; the second petition is regarding an anticipatory bail from ED's arrest, while challenging Delhi High Court's order.     

Aug 23, 2019 - 13:18 (IST)

Setback for ED as SC acknowledges Chidamaram followed all summons issued by investigating agency 

It looks like a mini setback for the Enforcement Directorate — which was looking to make a strong case to ensure Chidambaram does not get any relief from court — as Supreme Court acknowledged in its order that Chidambaram has always been on bail and he has been cooperating with the investigation in the ED matter.

Aug 23, 2019 - 13:15 (IST)

Supreme Court adjourns hearing, will take up both ED and CBI cases on Monday

Supreme Court will take both Enforcement Directorate and CBI cases against P Chidambaram for hearing on Monday. The court has granted him protection from arrest to Chidambaram in Enforcement Dircterorate case till Monday but he has not got any relief in CBI case.

Aug 23, 2019 - 13:09 (IST)

Supreme Court grants Chidambaram interim protect from arrest by ED, but does it offer any relief?

Supreme Court granted P Chidambaram interim protection from arrest till August 26 in connection with INX media case probed by Enforcement Directorate. However, technically, this would hardly make a change in the current situation as the former finance minister is already in CBI custody till then.

The small relief that the Supreme Court did grant is that ED cannot arrest him until the apex court disposes off the current matter. So, if at all the CBI does not seek extended custody of Chidambaram, or the special court refuses to grant that request, then the SC order stops the ED from immediately swooping down and arresting Chidambaram. 

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:59 (IST)

How will I have any chance of justice, if court starts following ED's unverified note verbatim: Kapil Sibal

Kapil Sibal said in Supreme Court, "Delhi HC judgment is verbatim of what is in the note. Comma for comma, full stop for full stop. Everything is a copy, so the note becomes the basis of denying bail to Chidambaram. If a court starts cut, copy and paste of a note damning me, what chances can I have to get relief? The HC order is as good as an order of conviction."

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:53 (IST)

CBI lawyer says Chidambaram highly intelligent, therefore capable of shielding fact if offered protection

SG Tushar Mehta, representing the CBI in this case, said that since the accused individual is exceptionally intelligent, he can remain evasive during questioning if he is offered protection. "There are people like him with his mental faculties who would not divulge any details if they remain under protection," Mehta said. 

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:46 (IST)

Delhi HC order suggests provision for anticipatory bail should be scrapped,' Abhishek Manu Singhvi in SC

Citing sections of the Delhi High Court judgment wherein the judge has recommended abolition of anticipatory bail in white collar crimes, Singhvi said, "The learned judge has also referred to Aircel Maxis case while denying anticipatory bail in INX Media case. I already have interim protection in Aircel Maxis case and the learned Judge is referring to an unconnected matter in this judgment. It shows how the mind is working." 

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:40 (IST)

Kapil Sibal lays serious charge against Delhi HC judge who denied ex-FM bail, says order a copy-paste from unverified ED note

Kapil Sibal had laid a rather serious charge against the Delhi High Court judge who passed a scathing order denying Chidambaram antiipatory bail. He says that certain paragraphs of the order of the Delhi High Court are a "cut and paste" of a note handed over by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta after the pleadings were over. He said that this note was never produced in court during arguments and was admitted without even a shred of evidence. 

Sibal also said that the note was submitted in Delhi HC after the judgement had been reserved and it also influenced the final order.


Chidambaram INX Media Case Latest Updates: It looks like a mini setback for the Enforcement Directorate — which was looking to make a strong case to ensure Chidambaram does not get any relief from court — as Supreme Court acknowledged in its order that Chidambaram has always been on bail and he has been cooperating with the investigation in the ED matter.

Citing sections of the Delhi High Court judgment wherein the judge has recommended abolition of anticipatory bail in white collar crimes, Singhvi said, "The learned judge has also referred to Aircel Maxis case while denying anticipatory bail in INX Media case. I already have interim protection in Aircel Maxis case and the learned Judge is referring to an unconnected matter in this judgment. It shows how the mind is working."

The Supreme Court begins hearing the case of anticipatory bail plea. P Chidambaram's  lawyers have requested the court to grant interim protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in the INX Media case.

Apart from the foreign investment approvals granted to Aircel-Maxis and INX media, which are already under investigation, FIPB approvals granted to four other companies during Chidambaram's tenure are also under scanner. Other four firms which are under the scanner are Diageo Scotland, Essar Steel, Katara Holdings and Elforge Ltd. These firms were granted FIPB approval when Chidambaram was the finance minister.

P Chidambaram was questioned briefly last night in connection to FIPB approvals to INX Media. The agency is yet to start the fresh round of questioning on the second day.

The Supreme Court will on Friday hear petitions of former Union Minister P Chidambaram filed against the Delhi High Court's order rejecting his anticipatory bail plea in connection with INX media case probed by CBI and ED.

A bench comprising Justice R Banumathi and Justice AS Bopanna will hear the plea.

However, a special CBI court on Thursday sent Chidambaram to the CBI custody till 26 August in the INX media case. The court said that family members and lawyers are permitted to meet Chidambaram for 30 minutes a day.

The former union minister was arrested by the CBI from his residence in New Delhi late on Wednesday. Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, who argued for the CBI, argued that custodial interrogation of the Congress leader was required as Chidambaram was "evasive" and "non-cooperative" in the investigation.

Chidambaram INX Media Case Updates Setback for ED as SC notes exFM cooperated in probe stays arrest till Monday

File photo of Congress leader P Chidambaram. PTI

Mehta said that the case, which is a classic example of money laundering, is in the pre-charge sheet stage.

The Congress leader, one of the key ministers during ten years of UPA regime, was taken to the CBI headquarters on Wednesday night after CBI officials scaled the boundary walls of his residence in Jor Bagh after he made a dramatic appearance at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi. He was produced in the CBI special court on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the former minister failed to get relief from the Supreme Court over CBI and ED's pursuit of him as the matter was not heard by the court despite repeated efforts by his lawyers.

The Congress leader's lawyers had moved the apex court against Tuesday's Delhi High Court order dismissing his anticipatory bail plea regarding cases filed by the CBI and the ED related to the alleged INX Media scam. The Delhi High Court had in its order said that the grant of bail in cases like this will send a wrong message to the society.

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