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INX media case: CBI court orders 5-day custody for Chidambaram

File photo of P Chidambaram. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 22, 2019, 06.39 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

The CBI court on Thursday ordered 5-day custody for former finance minister P Chidambaram who is accused in the INX media case. Chidambaram will be allowed to meet with his lawyers and family members for 30 minutes every day during his time in CBI remand.  

Chidambaram's bail petition against the Enforcement Directorate will be heard by the Supreme Court on August 27 while his petition against the CBI would be heard again on Friday.

The CBI court on Thursday began hearing the matter Chidambaram's bail plea at Rouse Avenue District Court in New Delhi. 

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Representing the probe agency CBI, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta sought 5-day custody of Chidambaram and told the court that Congress leader did not cooperate with the probe. 

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"He (Chidambaram) was taking advantage of Delhi High Court’s protective cover. This is a classic case of money laundering," Mehta mentioned adding that Chidambaram is not providing the required documents for the investigation.

Chidamabaram, after he was allowed to speak in the courtroom, told the court that he has answered every question that was posed to him. 

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"Please look at the questions and answers. There are no questions that I have not answered, please read the transcript. They asked if I have a bank account abroad, I said no, they asked if my son has an account abroad I said yes," P Chidambaram told the CBI court. 

Defending Chidambaram, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, "non-cooperation is if the probe agency calls me five times and I don’t go, non-cooperation is not giving the answer they like to hear. They called P Chidambaram once, and he went. Where is non-cooperation?"

Arguing for Chidambaram, senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal said Karti Chidambaram, who is a co-accused in this case, was granted regular bail by the Delhi High Court in March 2018. "Others accused in the case also got bail. Peter and Indrani Mukerjea are on default bail," Sibal argued.

"This is the case which has nothing to do with evidence but with something else," Sibal argued before the court. 

Former finance minister P Chidambaram reached the CBI court on Thursday afternoon. He arrived at the court from the CBI office. Son Karti Chidambaram and wife Nalini Chidambaram also reached the CBI court. 

Congress lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi arrived at the court for Chidambaram's bail hearing in the INX media case today afternoon.

Chidambaram was arrested in the INX media case on Wednesday night after he failed to get relief from the Supreme Court over CBI and ED's pursuit of him as the matter was not heard by the court despite repeated efforts of his lawyers.

Chidambaram's arrest became an intense political drama as CBI officials had to climb the wall of his residence to get inside his home. 

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Chidambaram's bail petition against the Enforcement Directorate will be heard by the Supreme Court on August 27.