New Delhi: In the hearing held on Monday in Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court over the bail plea of UPA-era Finance and Home Minister P Chidambaram, accused in the INX Media case, the court witnessed some interesting, perhaps facetious, developments. During the hearing, the CBI advocate said in the court that its stock of the case diary had exhausted and, hence, some additional papers had to be stapled to its written submission. The separate papers are part of the case diary, too.
Former finance minister and Congress biggie P Chidambaram received another setback in the INX Media case today when Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court extended his custody for four more days. Now he will be produced in the court on 30 August in connection with the particular case that the CBI has against him.
The CBI argued in the court that Chidambaram would be confronted by the other accused in this case, so he needed to be in remand for five days. On this, the court extended Chidambaram’s remand for four more days.
The court allowed Chidambaram’s lawyer and his family to meet him daily for half an hour. Chidambaram will undergo a medical test in the next 48 hours.
Opposing the CBI custody in the Rouse Avenue Court, Kapil Sibal demanded to see the documentary evidence against Chidambaram on the basis of which the CBI wanted the custody to be extended.
Another curious argument was heard in the court when Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that after 26 hours of questioning when Chidambaram was asked about the guidelines of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), the former minister said that he needed to consult the rulebook again. And then, Mehta said, Chidambaram wasted an hour reading the rules.
The Supreme Court, on Monday, refused to entertain Chidambaram’s plea challenging the dismissal of his anticipatory bail in a corruption case lodged by the CBI in the INX media scam.
The Supreme Court said his petition has become infructuous as Chidambaram has already been arrested by the CBI. A bench comprising justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna said Chidambaram is at liberty to seek a remedy in accordance with the law.