No merit in Chidambaram's judicial custody, CBI nowhere close of filing chargesheet: Karti

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New Delhi Published: Sep 05, 2019, 09:44 PM(IST)

Karti Chidambaram. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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"I don`t see any merit in the judicial custody (of P Chidambaram), particularly for the events which happened 11 years ago. They (CBI) are still nowhere close even of filing a chargesheet. I hope that I will have my father back home very quickly," he told reporters in Delhi.

Congress leader Karti Chidambaram on Thursday said that he does not see any merit in the judicial custody his father and former finance minister P Chidambaram who was sent to Tihar jail by a special CBI court in the INX media case. 

"I don`t see any merit in the judicial custody (of P Chidambaram), particularly for the events which happened 11 years ago. They (CBI) are still nowhere close even of filing a chargesheet. I hope that I will have my father back home very quickly," he told reporters in Delhi.

In a double whammy, former finance minister P Chidambaram on Thursday was sent to judicial custody in Tihar jail till September 19 on a day when the Supreme Court also rejected his plea challenging the Delhi High Court order that had refused anticipatory bail to him in the INX Media case.

Giving its ruling on a CBI plea, the Special CBI court at Rouse Avenue allowed Chidambaram`s application to provide separate cell to him with adequate security.

The Congress leader filed the application before the court seeking direction to ensure safe detention while in judicial custody. He also provisions of adequate security to him and detention in a separate cell.

Chidambaram`s lawyers have also moved an application in the court stating that the Congress leader wants to surrender in ED case.

Chidambaram was in custody of the CBI after he was arrested in a midnight drama on August 21.

Chidambaram was produced in Rouse Avenue Court after the apex court` rejected his appeal against the Delhi High Court order rejecting his anticipatory plea in the INX Media case being probed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) saying that grant of anticipatory bail plea would definitely "hamper" effective investigation.

A bench of Justice R Banumathi and Justice AS Bopanna refused to extend protection from arrest by ED to Chidambaram and stated grant of anticipatory bail at the stage of investigation may frustrate the investigating agency in interrogating the accused and in collecting useful information and also the "materials" which might have been "concealed".

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