WION Web Team New Delhi, India
Aug 21, 2019, 08.23 PM
Former finance minister P Chidambaram appeared at the Congress party headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday evening after being missing for nearly 24 hours. Chidambaram addressed the media stating that he has "not been accused of any offence". "These are lies spread by pathological liars," he said.
"I worked throughout the night yesterday to prepare the papers which we submitted today," Chidambaram told media.
"I was aghast that I was accused of hiding from the law while I was seeking protection from the law," he noted.
"I was told by my lawyers that despite their impassioned appeals, the hearing has been scheduled for Friday," Chidambaram said.
Chidambaram left right after his address and did not entertain any questions.
#WATCH Congress leader P Chidambaram at AICC HQ says, "In INX Media case, I've not been accused of any offence nor any one else incl any member of my family. There is no charge sheet filed by either ED or CBI before a competent court." pic.twitter.com/sIVltpVDIT
Former finance minister P Chidambaram's petition for interim protection from arrest will now be heard on Friday.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to list Chidambaram's petition for protection from arrest. Justice NV Ramana said that petition had defects, which were removed only now, because of which it could not be listed for hearing today.
P Chidambaram: In last 24hrs much has happened,that has caused concern to some&confusion to many. In INX Media case, I've not been accused of any offence nor any one else incl any member of my family. There is no charge sheet filed by either ED or CBI before a competent court. pic.twitter.com/3T1b9tUh3C
Earlier, a bench headed by senior-most judge Justice NV Ramana referred Chidambaram's plea to Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi.
CJI Gogoi, however, had commenced hearing in the Ayodhya dispute case due to which Chidambaram's counsel Kapil Sibal was unable to mention the matter before him for urgent hearing. After lunch, Sibal again mentioned the matter before Justice Ramana saying it had not been listed yet.
"We cannot hear the matter until its listing is not done," Ramana told senior advocate Kapil Sibal after his repeated requests to list the case.
"A lookout notice has been issued against him. He is not the man to run away. Our person is not running away. We can also give an undertaking for it," he said.
Chidambaram suffered a setback on Tuesday after Delhi High Court dismissed both his anticipatory bail pleas in connection with INX Media case.
Chidambaram is now vulnerable to an arrest and faces a lookout notice as he had been missing ever since teams of Enforcement Directorate and the CBI arrived at his Jor Bagh residence on Tuesday evening.
The CBI is investigating Chidambaram in the INX Media case, which it had registered on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during his tenure as finance minister.
The ED is probing the money laundering case which it lodged in 2018.
The Delhi High Court said facts prima facie reveal that Chidambaram is the kingpin, the key conspirator, in the case. The high court observed that the magnitude and enormity of material brought forth by investigating agencies clearly does not entitle him any pre-arrest bail.
Chidambaram rubbished charges against him and termed them as "lies spread by pathological liars".