INX Media case: Delhi HC dismisses Chidambaram's anticipatory bail plea in corruption, money laundering cases
The CBI had registered an FIR in May, 2017 alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to INX media for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister
The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Congress leader P Chidambaram in cases related to the INX media scandal
The CBI had registered an FIR on 15 May, 2017 alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to INX Media for receiving overseas funds
The former Union minister had said that he had an apprehension of arrest in view of the summons issued to him by the CBI
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram in the corruption and money laundering cases related to the INX Media scandal.
Justice Sunil Gaur denied relief to Chidambaram.
"Both the petitions (in CBI and ED case) are dismissed," said Justice Gaur.
After the court pronounced the order, senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Chidambaram, sought a stay on the operation of the order for three days, to which the court said that it will consider the request and will pass an order on it.
During the arguments, both the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had opposed Chidambaram's plea on the grounds that custodial interrogation was required as he was evasive during questioning.
Both the probe agencies had contended that during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister, Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance was granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007.
The ED contended that the companies in which money was transferred are directly or indirectly controlled by Chidambaram's son, Karti, and they have a reason to believe that the FIPB approval was granted to INX Media on his son's intervention.
The high court had on 25 July, 2018 granted interim protection from arrest to Chidambaram in both the cases and it was extended from time to time.
The senior Congress leader's role had come under the scanner of various investigating agencies in the Rs 3,500-crore Aircel-Maxis deal and the INX Media case involving Rs 305 crore.
In the INX Media case, the CBI had registered an FIR on 15 May, 2017 alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister. Thereafter, the ED had in 2018 lodged the money laundering case in this regard.
Chidambaram's petition had said that though no summons had ever been served on him by the ED in this case, he had an apprehension of arrest in view of the summons issued to him by the CBI, which was investigating the scheduled offence.
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