In an interesting turn of events, P Chidambaram, the former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader dramatically surfaced at the Congress headquarters on Wednesday evening even as he had been eluding the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
P Chidambaram reached the Congress headquarters hours after his petition challenging the Delhi High Court rejection of anticipatory bail was not listed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The Delhi High Court had on Tuesday dismissed both the anticipatory bail pleas of P Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media case being investigated by the CBI and ED. The Delhi High Court had, on January 25, reserved order on Chidambaram’s bail plea in the case being probed by the ED and the CBI which Chidambaram had challenged in the top court.
On Wednesday morning, a Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice NV Ramana refused to grant interim relief from arrest to Chidambaram and referred his plea for an anticipatory bail in the INX media case to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for urgent hearing.
The agencies had opposed Chidambaram’s bail plea saying his custodial interrogation was necessary as he was evasive and had given false information during questioning.
The ED and the CBI are probing how his son Karti Chidambaram got clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in 2007 when Chidambaram was the Finance Minister.
Karti Chidambaram was arrested on February 28, 2018 by the CBI for allegedly accepting money to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX Media. He was later granted bail. His chartered accountant S Bhaskararaman was also arrested and released on bail.
While the CBI is investigating alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister, the ED is probing the money laundering angle.
It is alleged that his son Karti Chidambaram illegally took service charges for getting the FIPB clearance to the INX Media for receiving funds from abroad.