In the INX Media case, the CBI court on Monday extended the custody of Congress leader P Chidambaram till 30 August. Earlier, Chidambaram was handed over to the CBI custody for four days by the court and said that his custodial interrogation was justified. The court also asked the CBI to ensure that Chidambaram’s personal dignity is not violated in any way.
In a major setback to Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected his petition against the Delhi High Court verdict which had dismissed his anticipatory bail plea in a corruption case lodged by the CBI in the INX Media scam.
The apex court said Chidambaram’s plea in the CBI case has become “infructuous” since he has been already arrested by the agency. The top court said he is at a liberty to seek remedy in accordance with the law in the corruption case.
The developments in INX Media corruption and money laundering cases are as follows:
15 May 2017: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed an FIR in the INX Media case in 2007 for alleged irregularities in obtaining Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to acquire foreign funds of Rs 305 crore. After this, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a money laundering case in this regard.
16 February 2018: CBI arrests Karthi Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, from Chennai airport.
23 March 2018: Karthi gets bail from Delhi High Court.
May 30, 2018: P. Chidambaram moves Delhi High Court to seek anticipatory bail in the corruption case filed by the CBI.
July 23, 2018: He reaches the High Court for anticipatory bail in the money laundering case lodged by the ED.
25 July 2018: Court grants him interim protection from arrest in both the cases.
25 January 2019: The court reserved its verdict on his anticipatory bail in both the cases.
11 July 2019: Indrani Mukherjee, an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case and the INX Media activist, became a government witness in the case.
20 August 2019: High Court dismisses P. Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail petitions. The court also turned down his request to stay the order for three days to allow him to file an appeal in the Supreme Court.
21 August 2019: P. Chidambaram filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the decision of the High Court. His lawyers tried to list the case for trial on the same day. The Supreme Court, however, refused an immediate hearing and listed the matter for hearing on 23 August. The CBI arrested the Congress leader at night.
22 August 2019: P. Chidambaram is produced before a Delhi court which sent him to four days CBI custody.
26 August 2019: CBI court extends Chidambaram’s custody till 30 August.