File photo of P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram. Photograph:( PTI )
The custody of Chidambaram, who was arrested on August 21, was ending today.
After a setback from the Supreme Court, the special CBI court on Monday sent P Chidambaram to extended five-day custody. The apex court had earlier dismissed his anticipatory bail plea and asked Chidambaram to move a regular bail plea before the appropriate court.
The custody of Chidambaram, who was arrested on August 21, was ending today. The investigating agency had asked for an extended custody.
Appearing for the CBI, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that not only does Chidambaram needs to be confronted with other co-accused, but the CBI also requires his custody to unearth a larger conspiracy. He further showed the court some email exchanges which he said required in-depth interrogation.
However, Chidambaram's lawyers Kapil Sibbal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi were quick to rebut Mehta's claim and said that the former Congress leader was not asked a single question in the last 26 hours regarding the allegations of him receiving kickbacks worth the US $5 million.
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Chidambaram was arrested by CBI officials amidst high drama last week from his residence in New Delhi after the Delhi High Court on August 20 rejected his anticipatory bail plea in the INX media case.
The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI are probing how Chidambaram's son Karti got the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance in 2007 when his father 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.