Chidambaram bail plea hearing in Supreme Court LIVE: Former minister gets protection from ED arrest till Monday

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Updated:Aug 23, 2019 9:08:21 pm

Chidambaram bail plea SC hearing LIVE: The 73-year-old Congress leader was arrested on Wednesday night in connection with the INX Media case.

Chidambaram, chidambaram jail, cbi, chidambaram latest newsChidambaram walks out of Special CBI court which sent him to custody till August 26. (Photo/ANI)

Chidambaram bail plea SC hearing LIVE Updates: The Supreme Court has deferred till Monday, August 26, hearing on a petition filed by P former Union minister P Chidambaram against the Delhi High Court’s verdict refusing him protection from arrest in the INX Media case.   The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna said that it will also hear Chidambaram’s plea against CBI remand on the same day. The top court has also granted Chidambaram protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is also probing the money laundering angle in the INX Media case till Monday.

Chidambaram had approached the Delhi High Court on August 20 seeking protection from arrest in the high-profile case, however, his petition was rejected. The 73-year-old leader was arrested on Wednesday night in a dramatic turn of events which spilled over the Congress headquarters to his house in south Delhi’s upscale Jor Bagh area.

Chidambaram was produced before a Special CBI court on Thursday which sent him to custody till August 26 which is when the matter will be heard next.

Both the Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate have registered separate cases linked to INX Media case against Chidambaram who served as Union Home and Finance minister in the UPA government from 2004 to 2014.

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    21:08 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Chidambaram files fresh plea in SC

    Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram filed a fresh plea in the Supreme Court on Friday, challenging the arrest warrant issued against him and the trial court's order remanding him to CBI custody till August 26 in the INX Media corruption case. The senior Congress leader was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on August 21, pursuant to an arrest warrant issued against him by the trial court on the same day in the case.

    18:33 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    What former DEA secretary D Subbarao told ED

    Former DEA secretary D Subbarao had told investigators probing the INX Media money laundering and corruption case that "violations" in the deal approving FDI for the company were not brought to the notice of the FIPB, reveal official records. Other senior officials, who were responsible for the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) affairs at the time of this deal, had also said in their statements to probe agencies that violation of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rules should have been referred to the RBI rather than being summarily approved.

    15:39 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Aircel Maxis case: Court reserves verdict on bail pleas of Chidambarama, son Karti

    Meanwhile, a Delhi court has reserved order on bail plea of Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case. The court while refusing the plea for adjourning of the hearing reserved the verdict for September 3. READ MORE HERE

    12:55 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Chidambaram given anticipatory bail from arrest by Enforcement Directorate

    The Supreme Court has given Chidambaram interim protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in the INX Media case till Monday, August 26.

    12:44 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Kapil Sibal makes serious charge against Solicitor General

    Kapil Sibal claims that after the arguments in the case was over the Delhi High Court, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta gave a note to the high court judge. "Delhi HC judgment is verbatim of what is in the note. Comma for comma, full stop for full stop. Everything is a copy, so the note becomes the basis of denying bail to Chidambaram," Sibal argues.

    12:42 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Kapil Sibal argues in favour of Chidambaram

    Arguing in the Supreme Court in favour of his party colleague, Kapil Sibal said Chidambaram's fundamental right to access to justice has been frustrated by the way in which the plea against Delhi High Court verdict was not heard despite moving the SC on time.

    12:21 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Petition deferred till Monday

    The Supreme Court has deferred till Monday P Chidambaram's plea against CBI remand. 

    12:15 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Supreme Court hearing over Chidambaram's plea begins

    The Supreme Court has started hearing on the plea filed by former Union minister P Chidambaram. He is currently under the custody of the CBI for his alleged role in INX Media case.

    11:54 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Vendetta politics, says Congress

    The Congress has described the CBI, ED action against Chidambaram as vendetta politics. Top Congress leaders Sonia, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra have come out in support of Chidambaram. Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, also slammed the BJP government over the arrest of Chidambaram. "This is nothing but vendetta politics against Congress leaders. Chidambaram was targeted as he was very vocal on the issues of corruption and misdeeds of BJP leaders. The arrest is an attempt to intimidate and silence him and other Opposition leaders," Chowdhury said.

    11:17 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Chidambaram not cooperating in probe: CBI

    During the hearing in the special court on Thursday, the Central Bureau of Investigation argued that P Chidambaram has not been cooperating in investigations. The agency said that the former minister has been evasive and is yet to provide promised documents.

    11:12 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    CBI poses 20 big questions to Chidambaram

    Before being produced in the special court on Thursday, the CBI quizzed Chidambaram for nearly three hours. According to reports, the agency asked 20 questions to Chidambaram.  The Congress leader was asked about the source of income through which he purchased properties abroad. The CBI also reportedly asked him about his alleged meeting with Indrani Mukerjea at North Block. 

    10:33 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    What Indrani Mukerjea told investigators

    While both P Chidambaram and his son Karti have denied allegations in the INX Media case, Indrani Mukerjea has claimed in her statement to investigators that that former Union minister had asked for 'helping' his son's business. "After having understood the issue, Mr P Chidambaram told Peter to help his son Karti in his business and make possible overseas remittances in lieu of FIPB approval," Indrani said in her statement to the Enforcement Directorate (ED). | READ MORE HERE

    09:55 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Chidambaram kept in guest house of CBI headquarters

    P Chidambaram has been kept in suit No. 5 of the guest house at CBI headquarters, whose inauguration he had attended as the Union Home Minister in 2011. The new CBI headquarters was inaugurated by the then PM Manmohan Singh on April 30, 2011.

    09:14 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Serious allegations against Chidambaram

    Rejecting his appeal for relief, the special CBI court on Thursday described allegations against P Chidambaram as 'serious in nature'. The court said that an 'indepth investigation is required' as it sent the Congress leader to CBI custody till August 26.

    08:42 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Chidambaram arrest drama

    After the  Delhi High Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea, P Chidambaram rushed to the Supreme Court requesting to grant relief. However, his petition could not be listed for urgent hearing on Tuesday.  Chidambaram dramatically appeared before the media at the Congress headquarters on Wednesday evening to reject all charges levelled against him in the INX Media case. He was arrested hours later from his Jor Bagh house.  | READ MORE: From posh Jor Bagh bungalow to CBI custody: How things changed for P Chidambaram overnight

     
    08:36 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    What in INX Media case?

    The INX Media case, in which former Union minister P Chidambaram has been arrested by the CBI, pertains to allegations of bribery by the company’s promoters. Read details here

    08:30 (IST)23 Aug 2019
    Will Supreme Court grant any relief to P Chidambaram?

    A day after he was sent to CBI's custody by a special Delhi court till August 26 in connection with the high-profile INX Media case,  former Union minister P Chidambaram would be hoping to get some relief from the Supreme Court which will be hearing his bail plea today. The plea was filed in the top court before the CBI arrested him late on Wednesday.

    Chidambaram, chidambaram jail, cbi, chidambaram latest news Chidambaram walks out of Special CBI court which sent him to custody till August 26. (Photo/ANI)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, the CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017. The Enforcement Directorate had also lodged a money laundering case in connection with the case in 2018.