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INX media case: Chidambaram arrested, will be produced before CBI court today

CBI officials take away Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 21, 2019, 09.01 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

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. 

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Right after his nearly 6-minutes-long address, Chidambaram left for his residence without entertaining any questions. He was trailed by the CBI. 

During his press briefing, Chidambaram said that he had been working throughout the night yesterday "to prepare the papers" which his team submitted before the court today.

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"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. 

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. 

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.

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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.