Chidambaram INX Media case updates: Delhi court extends ex-FM's CBI custody till Thursday in accordance with SC order

P Chidambaram hearing in Supreme Court LIVE updates: A special CBI court in Delhi extended P Chidambaram's CBI custody till 5 September, in accordance with the Supreme Court order.

Press Trust of India September 03, 2019 15:59:59 IST
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Chidambaram INX Media case updates: Delhi court extends ex-FM's CBI custody till Thursday in accordance with SC order

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Sept 03, 2019 - 15:54 (IST)

Delhi court extends Chidambaram's CBI custody till 5 Sept in accordance with SC order

A special CBI court in Delhi extended P Chidambaram's CBI custody till 5 September, in accordance with the Supreme Court order.

 
Chidambaram was produced before the Delhi court on expiry of his one-day CBI custody in the INX Media corruption case.
 
Just after an hour the apex court ordered that Chidambaram will be in the CBI custody till 5 September, he was produced before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar.
 

Sept 03, 2019 - 15:39 (IST)

P Chidambarm being taken to Rouse Avenue Court

Former finance minister P Chidambaram will be appearing before the special CBI court in Delhi on Tuesday in connection with the INX Media case. 

Sept 03, 2019 - 14:57 (IST)

Counsel for P Chidambaram agree not to press bail plea till Thursday

The Supreme Court hearing former finance minister P Chidambaram's plea against the CBI arrest in the INX Media case asked his counsel, Kapil Sibal and AM Singhvi not to press for the interim bail plea, which they had filed before the trial court on Monday and is scheduled to be heard during the day, till 5 September.

Sept 03, 2019 - 14:42 (IST)

Not inclined to hear matter at length today: SC in hearing of P Chidambaram's plea

The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Banumathi on Tuesday said that the court "wasn't inclined" to hear the plea of former finance minister P Chidambaram challenging the CBI's arrest in the INX Media case "at length". "Let the interim order continue for two more days," she said.

Sept 03, 2019 - 14:38 (IST)

Tushar Mehta says P Chidambaram's counsel pressured trial court to decide on bail application

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI in former finance minister P Chidambaram's plea against arrest by the central investigative agency in the INX Media case, reportedly accused the counsel for the Congress leader of "pressurizing" the trial court hearing another plea in the case to decide on the bail application on Monday itself. "Bail was moved 14 days after arrest & they wanted it decided in a day," Mehta was quoted as saying.

Sept 03, 2019 - 14:32 (IST)

SC orders for status quo to be maintained till Thursday, P Chidambaram to be in CBI custody today

As the hearing of the petition of former finance minister P Chidambaram against the arrest by the CBI in the INX Media case began in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the CBI told the Supreme Court that it didn't want any further custody of Chidambaram and that he should be sent to Tihar under judicial custody.

However, the apex court bench directed Chidambaram to continue to be in CBI custody till Thursday, and that the status quo from its interim order on Monday be maintained till Thursday, ANI reported.

Sept 03, 2019 - 14:15 (IST)

SC begins hearing P Chidambaram's plea challenging CBI custody

 

The hearing on former finance minister P Chidambaram's petition challenging CBI custody has begun in the Supreme Court.

Sept 03, 2019 - 14:11 (IST)

Counsel for P Chidambaram appeals to court to place ex-FM under house arrest instead of jail

When the case of former finance minister P Chidambaram's plea against the CBI arrest was heard in the pre-lunch session on Monday, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, questioned the non-bailable warrant issued against the former union minister and said the Congress leader has already been in CBI's custody for last 12 days.

"He (Chidambaram) is in custody for 12 days. He was arrested pursuant to an NBW which could have never been issued. Either give him interim bail or put him in house arrest. He should not be sent to Tihar jail. He is a 73-year-old man," Sibal told the bench.

Sept 03, 2019 - 13:46 (IST)

SC to decide between granting bail to P Chidambaram or remanding to judicial custody today

The Supreme Court bench hearing former finance minister P Chidambaram's plea against the arrest made by the CBI is likely to decide whether to grant the Congress leader bail in the INX Media case or remand him to judicial custody, as the 15-day custody of the CBI is bound to expire this week.

Sept 03, 2019 - 13:25 (IST)

SC grants protection to P Chidambaram from being sent to Tihar jail

In partial relief for P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court on Monday gave protection to the former union finance minister from being sent to Tihar Jail as of now in the INX Media corruption case after he offered to be in house arrest but declined to grant interim bail.

P Chidambaram hearing in Supreme Court LATEST updates: A special CBI court in Delhi extended P Chidambaram's CBI custody till 5 September, in accordance with the Supreme Court order.

Earlier, as the hearing of the petition of former finance minister P Chidambaram against the arrest by the CBI in the INX Media case began in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the CBI told the Supreme Court that it didn't want any further custody of Chidambaram and that he should be sent to Tihar under judicial custody. However, the apex court bench directed Chidambaram to continue to be in CBI custody till Thursday, and that the status quo from its interim order on Monday be maintained till Thursday.

The Supreme Court bench hearing former finance minister P Chidambaram's plea against the arrest made by the CBI is likely to decide whether to grant the Congress leader bail in the INX Media case or remand him to judicial custody, as the 15-day custody of the CBI is bound to expire this week.

Congress leader P Chidambaram's plea challenging a trial court's order to remand him to CBI custody in the INX Media corruption case will be heard on Tuesday, the Supreme Court said.

On a day of fast-paced developments, Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday got partial relief from the Supreme Court which said he would not be sent to Tihar Jail as of now in the INX Media corruption case after the former finance minister offered to be under house arrest instead of being sent to prison.

The apex court initially, at around 1.40 pm, asked the trial court to consider Chidambaram's request for interim bail on Monday itself and said that in case he is not granted the relief, his CBI custody would be extended by three more days.

Chidambaram INX Media case updates Delhi court extends exFMs CBI custody till Thursday in accordance with SC order

File image of senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram. PTI

However, hours after the top court passed the order, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta mentioned the matter at around 3 pm and said there would be "jurisdictional difficulty" in implementing the order passed earlier in the day.

After hearing him, a bench of justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna modified the order and advanced the hearing for Tuesday from Thursday (5 September) on Chidambaram's plea challenging the non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him and remand orders passed by trial court.

The order was modified on oral mentioning after Mehta said that as per his calculation "15 days remand period of Chidambaram would expire tomorrow or at best day after tomorrow" and CBI cannot take his custody for three more days.

Taking note of Mehta's submissions, the bench said, "CBI is at liberty to move the trial court for seeking extension of remand till tomorrow."

When the case was heard in pre-lunch session, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, questioned the NBW issued against the former Union minister and said Chidambaram has already been in CBI's custody for last 12 days.

"He (Chidambaram) is in custody for 12 days. He was arrested pursuant to an NBW which could have never been issued. Either give him interim bail or put him in house arrest. He should not be sent to Tihar jail. He is a 73-year-old man," Sibal told the bench.

"Has he (Chidambaram) moved regular bail?," the bench asked Sibal, who said Chidambaram is in CBI custody and has not moved regular bail plea yet.

"They (CBI) pasted a notice at my (Chidambaram's) residence at 12 o'clock in the night and asked me to appear before them within two hours. On the basis of that notice, they got an NBW. This fact was suppressed from the court that after the notice, at 1.10 am we responded to them through e-mail," he said, adding that remand orders of trial court can be set aside by the top court.

Sibal said that till Chidambaram's plea is decided by the apex court, he should be granted interim bail or be put in house arrest.

"A competent court is seized of the matter," the bench told Sibal, who said Chidambaram is entitled to challenge the remand orders.

The bench again said, "Why should we skip the jurisdiction of the regular court and the high court?".

Sibal said, "I will have to make out a case for that. Kindly hear this petition. It is shocking what they (CBI) did to this man (Chidambaram)"

When the bench said Chidambaram should move regular bail, Sibal said, "Why should I be sent to Tihar jail?".

He said if Chidambaram was sent to Tihar, then his plea before the apex court would become infructuous.

When the bench asked the CBI to file reply to Chidambaram's plea and posted the matter for hearing on 5 September, Sibal said, "Let him be in house arrest till then. He is not running away. Let the petition not become infructuous".

When the bench said Chidambaram's counsel can request the trial court to give him interim relief, Sibal said the trial judge would "reject" it.

"They (CBI) cannot humiliate a person like this," he said, adding that the top court can order status quo till it hears Chidambaram's plea.

Additional Solicitor General KM Nataraj, appearing for CBI, opposed the grant of interim relief to Chidambaram and said an accused cannot say that he wants to be in either police custody or judicial custody.

He said the trial court would decide on issue of remand and no interim direction should be passed by the apex court.

"Having regard to the submission made at the Bar, the petitioner (Chidambaram) is permitted to move the concerned court seeking appropriate relief including the prayer for interim bail/extension of police custody and other remedies if any available in accordance with law," the bench said.

"The concerned court shall consider the prayer for interim bail/extension of police custody of the petitioner and pass order today itself. In case request for prayer for interim bail/extension of police custody is rejected, the court concerned shall extend the interim police custody of the petitioner for three days in view of the pendency of this petition(s)," the top court said.

Later, Mehta mentioned the matter and said he could not attend the hearing in the pre-lunch session as he was in a condolence meet organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association in memory of senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who was also a renowned senior lawyer.

"If I do not oppose this, I cannot oppose any other common man who will directly file petition in the Supreme Court challenging the remand orders," Mehta said.

"There are 50 people standing in the line to challenge their remand orders. Liberty of a common man is equally important," he added.

The CBI had lodged an FIR on 15 May, 2017, alleging irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as union finance minister.

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