WION Web Team New Delhi, India
Aug 21, 2019, 09.01 PM
Shortly after former finance minister P Chidambaram reached his Jor Bagh residence in New Delhi, CBI officials trailed and arrested him on Wednesday evening. Chidambaram has been taken to the CBI headquarters for a probe. He will be produced before the CBI court on Thursday.
A seven-member CBI team had to climb the wall, brave AICC supporters to get inside Chidambaram's residence. The team was stalled by Congress supporters at the AICC headquarters as well. A team from the Enforcement Directorate also arrived at the spot.
CBI, ED teams entered Chidambaram's residence through the backdoor in presence of Delhi Police. High-octane drama at Chidambaram's residence, that lasted nearly an hour, resulted in his the arrest of the former finance minister who is accused in the INX media case.
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.
The drama and spectacle being enacted by the agencies is to simply sensationalise and satisfy the voyeuristic pleasure of some.
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.
Chidambaram suffered a setback on Tuesday after Delhi High Court dismissed both his anticipatory bail pleas in connection with INX Media case.
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.
A seven-member CBI team had to climb the wall to get into Chidambaram's residence. The team was stalled by Congress supporters at the AICC headquarters as well.