INX Media case: Delhi court extends P Chidambaram's CBI custody till 5 September in accordance with SC order

  • Former finance minister P Chidambaram was remanded on Tuesday to two more days of CBI custody by a Delhi court in the INX Media corruption case.

  • He will remain in the custody till 5 September, as the Supreme Court ordered earlier in the day.

  • The 73-year-old Congress leader was produced before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar on expiry of his one-day CBI custody.

New Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram was remanded on Tuesday to two more days of CBI custody by a Delhi court in the INX Media corruption case.

He will remain in the custody till 5 September, as the Supreme Court ordered earlier in the day.

Chidambaram, 73, was produced before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar on expiry of his one-day CBI custody.

The judge was informed by Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta and Chidambaram's counsel that the apex court has passed an order on Tuesday that he will be in CBI custody till 5 September.

 INX Media case: Delhi court extends P Chidambarams CBI custody till 5 September in accordance with SC order

File photo of Congress leader P Chidambaram. PTI

The judge took note of the Supreme Court order and ordered Chidambaram's CBI custody till Thursday.

"The order passed by the Supreme Court today (Tuesday) has been downloaded by the staff from the official website (Supreme Court). The Solicitor-General has told the court about the order. In view of the above, I deem it appropriate that CBI custody (of Chidambaram) shall remain till 5 September.

"The accused to remain in CBI custody and be produced on 5 September," the judge said. Chidambaram's counsel said they are not pressing for interim bail now and it has been renotified for Thursday.

Just an hour after the apex court ordered that Chidambaram will be in the CBI custody till Thursday, he was produced before the trial court.

Chidambaram has already been subjected to custodial interrogation by the CBI for 12 days since his arrest on 21 August, after the Delhi High Court on 20 August dismissed his anticipatory bail plea. His wife Nalini and son Karti were also present in the court.

Chidambaram, who was Union home minister as also finance minister during the UPA rule from 2004 to 2014, was arrested by the CBI on 21 August from his Jor Bagh residence. He was earlier produced before the court on 22 August and was remanded to four-day CBI custody.

The CBI had registered an FIR on 15 May, 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 the finance minister.

Thereafter, the Enforcement Directorate lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2017.

Updated Date: Sep 03, 2019 16:18:21 IST